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HomeMy WebLinkAbout2014 Annual Report and Town Meeting Journal   TF TF OWN OF RAMINGHAM OWN OF RAMINGHAM M M ASSACHUSETTS ASSACHUSETTS Annual Report January 1, 2014 - December 31, 2014 In the year 1900, the Framingham Town Seal was redesigned the tion and transportation. The Framingham State Normal School, a free public school and the first of its kind in America, is represented by the structure at the top of the design. Governor Danforth, the founder of Framingham and owner of much of its land, is acknowledged by in the center. The wheel with spokes drawn as tracks radiating in six different directions represents the steam and electric railroads ortation hub. prominent role Framingham played in the manufacture of hats and bonnets in the 1800s. TC C ABLE OF ONTENTS ABLE OF ONTENTS OC IV RGANIZATIONAL HART EO&A V LECTED FFICIALS PPOINTMENTS GG ENERAL OVERNMENT BS 1 OARD OF ELECTMEN TM 3 OWN ANAGER TC 5 OWN LERK ER 7 LECTION ESULTS TC 23 OWN OUNSEL HR 38 UMAN ESOURCES VBS ETERANS ENEFITS AND ERVICES TS 40 ECHNOLOGY ERVICES FM 44 ACILITIES ANAGEMENT CBP 44 APITAL UILDING ROJECTS MS 45 EDIA ERVICES L 46 ICENSING F INANCE CFO 47 HIEF INANCIAL FFICER TA 48 OWN CCOUNTANT T/C 63 REASUREROLLECTOR BA 89 OARD OF SSESSORS PD 110 URCHASING EPARTMENT RS 110 ETIREMENT YSTEM PS&H UBLIC AFETY EALTH PD 111 OLICE EPARTMENT AP 114 UXILIARY OLICE AC 115 NIMAL ONTROL FD 117 IRE EPARTMENT BH 124 OARD OF EALTH IS 128 NSPECTIONAL ERVICES DW&M 131 EPARTMENT OF EIGHTS EASURES PW UBLIC ORKS E&T 132 NGINEERING RANSPORTATION HM 134 IGHWAY ANAGEMENT SWM 137 OLID ASTE ANAGEMENT W&WM 139 ATER ASTEWATER ANAGEMENT CC 141 ONSERVATION OMMISSION F,F,&CM 142 LEET ACILITIES OMMUNICATIONS ANAGEMENT A&F 144 DMINISTRATION INANCE PED LANNING AND CONOMIC EVELOPMENT PB 149 LANNING OARD C&EDD OMMUNITY CONOMIC EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT ED 151 CONOMIC EVELOPMENT ZBA 158 ONING OARD OF PPEALS II C 158 OMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT AND HOME PROGRAMS MWRTA 160 ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY FHA 161 RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY RCA ECREATION AND ULTURAL FFAIRS PRC 163 ARKS AND ECREATION OMMISSION R 164 ECREATION PM 165 ARKS AINTENANCE CC 166 EMETERY OMMISSION LA 167 ORING RENA CA/CC 168 OUNCIL ON GINGALLAHAN ENTER EL DUCATION AND IBRARIES FPS 170 RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS KTS 183 EEFE ECHNICAL CHOOL FPL 190 RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY GC ENERAL OMMITTEES CAC 194 ABLE DVISORY OMMITTEE CBC 194 APITAL UDGET OMMITTEE CC 194 ULTURAL OUNCIL CCAC 195 USHING HAPEL DVISORY OMMITTEE DC 195 ISABILITY OMMISSION EGCC 195 DGELL ROVE EMETERY OMMISSION FC 196 INANCE OMMITTEE GSC 197 OVERNMENT TUDY OMMITTEE HDC 197 ISTORIC ISTRICT OMMISSION HC 198 ISTORICAL OMMISSION HRC 198 UMAN ELATIONS OMMISSION RPC 199 EAL ROPERTY OMMITTEE TAC 199 ECHNOLOGY DVISORY OMMITTEE TM OWN EETING TM 200 OWN ODERATOR PB 202 ERSONNEL OARD SC TANDING OMMITTEES SCCS 202 TANDING OMMITTEE ON OMMUNITY ERVICES SCE 203 TANDING OMMITTEE ON DUCATION SCPZ 203 TANDING OMMITTEE ON LANNING AND ONING SCPS 204 TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC AFETY SCPW 204 TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC ORKS SCR 204 TANDING OMMITTEE ON ULES SCWM 205 TANDING OMMITTEE ON AYS AND EANS TMJ OWN EETING OURNAL TMA 208 OWN EETING TTENDANCE A29,2014ATM 217 PRIL NNUAL OWN EETING O14,2014STM 267 CTOBER PECIAL OWN EETING III Capital Projects  IV ETO ETO LECTED OWN FFICIALS LECTED OWN FFICIALS Town Clerk Regional Vocational School Committee Valerie Mulvey 2017 A. J. Mulvey 2017 Interim Moderator Michael M. Rossi 2017 James Cameau 2015 Teri S. Banerjee 2015 John H. Evans, III 2015 Nelson H. Goldin 2015 Board of Selectmen Larry Cooper 2016 Cheryl Tully Stoll 2017 Linda B. Fobes 2016 Laurie Lee 2017 John M. Kahn 2016 Jason A. Smith 2015 Charles J. Sisitsky 2016 Planning Board Michael J. Bower 2016 Christine A. Long 2017 School Committee Thomas F. Mahoney 2015 Stephanie A. Mercandetti 2015 Michelle Brosnahan 2017 Lewis Colton 2016 James H. Stockless 2017 Victor A. Ortiz 2016 Donald C. Taggart, III 2017 Beverly K. Hugo 2015 Housing Authority Andrew Limeri 2015 Heather A. Connolly 2016 Janice M. Rogers 2019 Eric K. Silverman 2016 Robert L. Merusi 2016 Stephen P. Starr 2017 Library Trustees Phyllis A. May 2018 Arthur M. Finstein 2017 Edgell Grove Cemetery Trustees Samuel L. Klaidman 2017 Jo-Anne Thompson 2017 Susan Silva 2018 Elizabeth Roy 2017 John J. Silva 20 2019 Maria E.L. Barry 2015 Kathleen Griffith 2015 Eric Doherty 2015 Stanton T. Fitts 2016 Janet L. Harrington 2015 Barbara W. Ford 2017 Nancy Coville Wallace 2015 State Legislators Robert M. Dodd 2016 Elizabeth F. Fideler, Chair 2016 Senator Karen Spilka (D) Chris Walsh 2016 Representative Tom Sannicandro (D) Ruth S. Winett 2016 Representative Chris Walsh (D) Representative Carmine Gentile (D) V SMA SMA ENIOR ANAGERIAL PPOINTMENTS ENIOR ANAGERIAL PPOINTMENTS Town Manager Chief Engineer Robert J. Halpin William Sedewitz Assistant Town Manager Parks & Recreation Director Jennifer L. Thompson James Duane Police Chief Public Health Director Kenneth M. Ferguson Roberto Santamaria, Interim Director Fire Chief Veterans Benefits & Services Director Gary Daugherty Peter Harvell Town Counsel Conservation Administrator Christopher J. Petrini Robert D. McArthur Chief Financial Officer Elder Services/Callahan Senior Center Director Mary Ellen Kelley Technology Services Director Public Works Director Carly Premo Melo Peter Sellers Town Accountant Town-Owned Buildings Foreman Richard G. Howarth, Jr. James J. Paolini Treasurer/Tax Collector Human Services Policy & Program Carolyn R. Lyons Coordinator Chief Assessor Vacant William G. Naser School Superintendent Human Resources Director Dr. Stacy Scott Dolores Hamilton Planning Board Administrator Chief Procurement Officer Amanda L. Loomis Jennifer Pratt Library Director Building Commissioner/Inspectional Mark Contois Services Director Liaison to the State Ethics Commission Michael A. Tusino Christopher Petrini, Esquire Community & Economic Development Director Arthur P. Robert VI BSA BSA OARD OF ELECTMEN PPOINTMENTS OARD OF ELECTMEN PPOINTMENTS Agricultural Advisory Commission Conservation Commission Nicola Cataldo 2017 Nicola Cataldo 2017 Peter E. Whiting 2017 Sam Bade 2017 Matthew Hanson (Alternate) 2015 William G. Merriam, Vice Chair 2015 Thomas Hanson, Chair 2015 Robert Bois 2015 Jacqueline Menninno (Alternate) 2015 Pam Helinek, Chair 2016 Dudley Stephan 2016 Jennifer Forman Orth 2016 George A. Marold 2016 Constables Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory R. Scott Gonfrade 2015 Committee Gerald Hill 2015 William Hanson, Chair Indefinite Paul L.M. Kelley 2015 Edward Kross Indefinite Sean McCarthy 2015 Joseph Repole Indefinite Paul A. Nardizzi 2015 Thomas Branham 2014 Amaury Abreu 2016 Ben Gustafson 2017 Marjorie Goldin 2016 Bruce Ingle 2016 Nelson Goldin 2016 Stacey Lee 2016 Rachel A. Minutolo 2016 Henry Ohrenberger 2016 Board of Health William Pickett, Jr. 2016 Barry Sims 2016 David W. Moore 2017 Elizabeth A. Fuller 2017 Nelson H. Goldin 2015 Michael R. Hugo, Chair 2016 Cultural Council Cable Advisory Committee Cindy Camuso (At-Large) 2015 Mary-Ann Stadtler-Chester (At-Large) 2015 Annabel Z. Dodd, Chair 2017 P. Nandi Varris (At-Large) 2015 William Peter Barnes 2017 Joel Winett (At-Large) 2015 Morton J. Shuman 2017 Rita E. Collins 2015 Ron J. Rego 2015 Judith Levine 2015 Norma Shulman 2016 Mary Jane Dotson 2017 Cemetery Commission Norma Kent 2017 Diane M. Hartung, Chair 2016 Kathleen F. Hauck 2017 Kevin Salvi 2016 Cushing Chapel Board of Trustees Barry Bograd, Chair 2016 Edward T. Levay, Jr., Chair 2015 Community Development Committee Nicholas Paganella 2015 Anne Arvedon 2017 Elizabeth Sleczkowski 2015 Beverly C. Good, Chair 2017 James W. Egan 2014 Pablo Maia 2017 Stanton T. Fitts 2014 Edgar Roth 2017 Larry Herson 2014 Stephen Bransfield 2017 VII Disability Commission Fence Viewer James Egan 2014 Michael Tusino 2015 Elise A. Marcil 2017 High School Building Committee Susane Santone 2017 Craig Colman 2015 George L. Drummey, Chair Indefinite Jennifer L. Davis 2015 Philip A. Dinsky Indefinite Dennis Moran 2015 Laurie Jean Carroll Indefinite Karen Foran Dempsey, Chair 2016 Diane Montgomery Indefinite Kathleen T. McCarthy 2016 Susan Bernstein Indefinite Rose Quinn 2016 John Silva Indefinite Historic District Commission Economic Development & Industrial Henry Field 2017 Corporation Ted Grenham (Alternate) 2017 Richard J. Donovan 2017 Helen Lemoine 2017 Maureen E. Dunne, Chair 2017 Stephen Greeley (District Resident) 2017 Meyer Levy 2017 Susan Bernstein (Realtor) 2015 Christopher DiBenedetto 2015 Amy D. Finstein (Alternate FHC) 2015 Michael Gatlin, Chair 2015 Calvin Smith 2015 Scott W. Wadland 2015 Gerald Couto, Chair 2016 Mark Galante 2016 Julie A. Ferrari 2016 James Kubat (Alternate) 2016 Elderly & Disabled Tax Fund Ronald M. Lamphere (Alternate) 2016 Committee Historical Commission William G. Naser, Chief Assessor Carolyn , Treasurer/Collector Lewis Colten 2017 Elizabeth Matterazzo Indefinite Susan Martone 2017 Howard Rouse Indefinite Jane B. Whiting 2017 Eric C. Finn Indefinite Gerald Couto 2015 Thomas Joseph Schuetz 2015 Emergency Management Director Paul F. Silva 2016 Steven Trask Indefinite Frederic Wallace, Chair 2016 Emergency Management Asst. Human Relations Commission Director Robert Anspach, Chair 2017 John C. Magri Indefinite Timothy Lee 2017 Richard S. Winer 2014 Fair Housing Committee Howard M. Lewis 2015 John Schaefer 2015 Robert Anspach 2017 (Ex-officio, HR Comm.) Barry J. Rubenstein 2015 Daphne Collins (Ex-officio, CED Dept.) Arlene Bernstein 2016 Rev. Faith Tolson-Pierce 2009 Ozzy Diagne 2011 Metro Area Planning Council Douglas Rich 2013 Lisa Rohmer 2014 Cheryl Tully Stoll 2014 Susan DiClemente Aaron 2015 MetroWest Regional Transit Authority Edgar Roth 2016 Cynthia M. Higgins 2016 Jason Smith 2014 VIII Park and Recreation Commission Zoning Board of Appeals David Gudejko 2017 Susan S. Craighead 2017 Phillip Reitz 2017 Philip R. Ottaviani, Chair 2015 Barry Bograd 2015 Stephen Meltzer 2016 Joan Klan Rastani, Chair 2015 Edward V. Cosgrove (Associate) 2017 Kathleen F. Hauck 2016 Robert Snider (Associate) 2017 Kevin J. Gatlin (Associate) 2017 Town Historian Zoning Board of Appeals Sign Appeals Frederic Wallace Indefinite Board Tree Warden Edward V. Cosgrove 2017 Kevin J. Gatlin 2017 Charles E. Reneau 2016 Robert Snider 2017 Veterans Council Local Water Resource Management Dawn Ross 2015 Official Richard A. Constant 2016 Peter A. Sellers Indefinite Jeffrey M. Cox 2016 Nicholas Paganella 2016 Eric C. Finn 2017 Daniel Schuldman 2015 Peter Harvell, VSO Ex-officio IX AM AM PPOINTMENTS BY THE ODERATOR PPOINTMENTS BY THE ODERATOR As Capital Budget Committee Real Property Committee Jeanne Bullock, Chair 2017 Robert Bolles 2017 Elizabeth Funk (Fin Com Rep) 2015 Mark McClennan 2017 Kevin P. Crotty, Vice Chair 2015 Betty Muto 2017 Edward J. Kross 2015 Kathy Vassar 2017 Richard J. Weader, II 2016 Harold J. Geller 2015 Michael Cannon 2016 Norman Snow, Vice Chair 2015 Dan Rao 2017 Shelley Strowman 2015 Andrea Carr-Evans 2016 Finance Committee Edward T. Levay, Jr. 2016 Martin Ned Price, Chair 2016 Kurt Steinberg, Vice Chair 2015 Christine Long (Planning Board Ambar Sarkar 2017 Representative) 2017 Scott D. Estes 2015 Michael Bower (Selectmen Nancy Wilson 2015 Representative) 2017 Mahmood Akhtar 2016 David Miles (School Committee Leonard Finkel 2016 Representative) 2017 Elizabeth Funk 2016 Nancy Wilson (Fin Com Representative) 2017 Government Study Committee Joan Rastani (Park Commission Representative) 2017 Karl Rookey, Chair 2017 Nicola Cataldo () 2017 ConCom Representative Wolf Haberman 2015 James Tierney 2015 Technology Advisory Committee Sue Bernstein 2016 Phil Reiman 2014 Ed Mann 2016 Vale Sundravel 2017 Betty Muto 2016 Walter Adamski 2015 Personnel Board Edward Kane 2015 Steven Feldman 2016 Stephen Richards, Chair 2014 Adam C. Levensohn, Chair 2016 Stephen Becker 2016 Stanley Lichwala 2016 nnor 2017 Roger Ahlfeld 2015 X MA MA ISCELLANEOUS PPOINTMENTS ISCELLANEOUS PPOINTMENTS Board of Assessors Registrar of Voters William G. Naser (Chief Assessor) 2016 Eng Cho 2015 Arthur Holmes 2017 Linda A. Fields 2016 Kathy Peirce 2017 Bruce C. Wester 2016 Appointed by the Chief Financial Officer with approval of All of the above Appointed by Selectmen the Town Manager Valerie Mulvey 2017 Appointed by default as Town Clerk Council on Aging Clinton J. Knight, Chair 2017 Loring Arena Committee Patricia Paganella 2017 Richard Callahan 2015 James V. Divver 2017 John Hart 2015 John Kahn 2017 Jack Jagher 2015 Beth Donnelly 2016 Robert Lewis 2015 Betty Muto 2016 Joan Klan Rastani 2015 Rachel Stewart 2016 Joseph Tersoni 2015 Fred Wallace 2016 Appointed by Town Manager Clyde Dottin 2015 Lynn F. Power 2015 Retirement Board Lawrence J. Griffin 2017 Richard Howarth, Jr., Chair & Ex-officio Five appointed by the Board of Selectmen, six by Mary Ellen Kelley 2017 the Council on Aging Jon Fonseca 2017 Wayne MacDonald 2015 Housing Authority Peter Rovinelli, Elected 2016 Mark R. Galante 2012 Two members appointed by Selectmen, two elected Appointed by the MA Department of Housing by members, one appointed by Retirement Board & Community Development XI Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report GENERAL GOVERNMENT BS| TM| TC| TC| HR OARD OF ELECTMEN OWN ANAGER OWN LERK OWN OUNSEL UMAN ESOURCES TS| FM| CBP ECHNOLOGY ERVICES ACILITIES ANAGEMENT APITAL UILDING ROJECTS MS| L EDIA ERVICES ICENSING BS OARD OF ELECTMEN Memorial Building, Room 121 | 508-532-5400 | selectmen@framinghamma.gov From left to right: Cheryl Tully Stoll, Jason A. Smith, Laurie Lee, Michael J. Bower, and Charles J. Sisitsky Throughout 2014, the Board of Selectmen For the third year in a row, the Board focused on Financial Stability, Economic maintained its commitment to give relief to Development, Quality of Life Issues, and the taxpayers by holding the tax levy increase e. to 1.5%, rather than the maximum allowed by General Government1 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report law of 2.5%. This was possible, in part, by underway during the year and will continue tight budgeting, a healthy free cash balance throughout 2015. The project will improve traffic flow and pedestrian accessibility. It will health insurance to the State Group Insurance also provide new street lights and signal lights Commission (GIC). We expect these financial and greatly beautify the downtown area. The benefits to continue into the next few years Board has taken steps to continue to promote and enable us to maintain our tax relief policy. Framingham and encourage development. During the ye The Town experienced significant amounts of program was reinvigorated with a successful economic development throughout the year. roll out and presentation hosted by Genzyme The owner of the substantially vacant Mt. and attended by a large crowd of local Waite Plaza on Franklin Street received final businessmen and developers. We also co- approval to redevelop the site with a combination of new and remodeled buildings. Fenway Park with the Tri-County United Danforth Green, the long-awaited residential Way. Nearly two hundred participants development in north-east Framingham finally broke ground for both the rental units and the condominium units. This activity triggered the payment of over one million The first annual MetroFest was held at dollars to the town as well as the transfer of Bowditch Field in September. It is an Arts, 89 acres of land to the town for permanent Music and Food Truck festival that will open space. hopefully continue each year in the fall. It drew large crowds and provided much fun for The Board successfully negotiated a Tax Framingham families. Another first was the Increment Financing (TIF) agreement with installation of traffic calming measures on Edmands Road. This project involved the approved by Town Meeting in 2015, will installation of traffic speed enable the company to expand into new space table to slow traffic and improve safety. The and enlarge its work force. adoption of a detailed traffic calming policy The vacant Breyers Ice Cream plant on Old for the town. Connecticut Path was purchased for redevelopment and at the end of the year, Additional traffic calming improvements are demolition of the old plant had begun with presently in the design phase for Winch Street construction of a new facility scheduled to and Beaver Streets. The Board also adopted a begin in 2015. complete streets policy for the town which encourages designers to consider providing As the year came to a close, a new restaurant for all types of roadway users including motor in the old downtown train station, the Deluxe vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Such a Depot Diner, was completing substantial program is encouraged by the state which renovations and was planning its grand ultimately rewards participating communities opening. This restaurant will join a number of with grants. other new restaurants in the downtown area. Along with the new, we also celebrated the The state-funded bridge replacement and/or improvement program was very active in th Street for reaching its 75 anniversary. The town during the year. The improvements on state-funded downtown roadway and the Winter Street Bridge over the Stearns streetscape improvement project got reservoir were completed as was the Wickford General Government2 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Road Bridge reconstruction. Work continues efficient equipment. Part of this program on the Winter Street Bridge over the railroad involves the replacement of all of the street tracks at Waverly Street and the Route Nine lights in town with new, energy efficient LED Bridge over the Foss reservoir. Both projects lights. are expected to be completed in 2015.The Calendar year 2014 was another busy year long-awaited roadway improvements in attesting to the fact that Framingham is a large and active community that provides a high Streets were substantially completed by the level of services to our residents and end of the year. It is anticipated that this businesses. The members of the Board of work, paid for by mitigation funds, will Selectmen thank all of the Town employees facilitate the redevelopment of the old State and volunteers for their consistent and Lumber property. Also in 2014, the Board unwavering dedication to making finalized approval of an energy services Framingham a great place to live, work and contract (ESCO) which is a multi-year recreate. program to make energy-related improvements to municipal buildings at no Respectfully submitted, cost to the taxpayers. Per the terms of the Charles J. Sisitsky, Chairman contract, all improvements will be paid for with the savings derived from new, energy TM OWN ANAGER Memorial Building, Room 121 | 508-532-5400 | Town.manager@framinghamma.gov I am pleased to present my annual report for the Board of Selectmen late in 2013, took calendar year 2014. Once again I am able to effect as of July 1, 2014 and is anticipated to report another year of substantial progress create a projected net savings in the cost of towards achieving many important community goals and objectives and health insurance of approximately $17 Million confronting some of the significant challenges dollars over the next three (3) fiscal years. that our community faces in the years ahead. The task of re-enrolling nearly seven thousand employees, retirees, and their dependents fell the increased attention among members of heavily on our Human Resources Department but in the end the transition was superbly team and their respective departments on managed and we enjoying the benefits of our shared vision, teamwork and quality service first year of net savings as we enter 2015. leave us positioned to make great strides in the years ahead. Enabled largely by the projected savings from this move to the MA GIC, the Town Manager On the financial front, the Town made the and Chief Financial Officer worked closely decision to move the group health insurance with the Board of Selectmen and with other program for all municipal and school key elected officials and department heads the department employees into the statewide establish a first-ever multi-year approach to establishing budget goals and identifying Insurance Commission (MA GIC) health spending limits and priorities to achieve them. insurance program. This move, authorized by The overriding goal of this three-year budget General Government3 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report statement, however, is to share a substantial Given the urgent need to build a new portion of the projected net savings realized school by 2017, we successfully made through the move to the MA GIC directly the first installment of $2 Million in a with Framingham property taxpayers in each new Capital Reserve Fund with a goal of FY 2015 through 2017. Building on this of having $4 Million in this fund by desire we established the following ambitious FY 2017. This amount represents a budget and financial goals for the three-year down payment of 20% of the net period: costs of a new school after a hoped- for Mass. School Building Authority Limit the increase in the localconstruction grant. This will limit the property tax levy to not more thanfuture tax impacts of the new school. 1.25% plus growth from new development versus the normalWe continue to make great strides in increase of 2.5% authorized underimproving the business climate in state law. We achieved this goal inFramingham. In June 2014 the Town re- FY 2015 and are preparing for the FYlaunched the brand 2016 budget with the limit in mind.with a high profile real estate and business event hosted at Genzyme/Sanofi at their Manage the Tax Classification shift Tech Park campus here in Framingham. The such that we maintain a 60% event, targeted at real estate development, residential share and a 40% leasing agents, and site selection professionals, commercial share of the actual tax featured testimonials by Genzyme, Heartware, levy and to consciously move off the Normandy Realty Partners and MediaBoss as historical practice of shifting to the to their experiences with town government absolute maximum amount allowed and noting great improvements in the permit by law (175%). This policy creates an review process, customer service and important tool to prevent the type of timeliness of decisions. The event succeeded massive unanticipated residential tax in reintroducing Framingham as not only a increase, such as we saw in FY 2012, world class business location but one with a when suddenly commercial values town government that understands business plummeted due to the Great needs and works to address them. Recession. We were successful in 2014 in maintaining a 60-40% split The Town also received final approval by the and moving the shift from residential state government on three so-called Priority to commercial from 175% to 171%. Development Sites in which, in exchange for Continue to meet our highest state support for marketing and business spending priorities while living with a development, we commit to an expedited 1.25% levy increase. In the Fiscal permitting process to assure prompt decisions Year 2015 budget we achieved this on business applications. The state while also increasing our budget coordinating committee, in the course of support for the Framingham Public he far Schools by 7%; adding the second reaching progress which the Planning Board, installment of 15 new Patrol Officers the Planning Board Administrator and all of to the Framingham Police our community development and permitting Department; and rebuilding and staff have made in improving the staffing the Division of Public effectiveness and timeliness of the permitting Health. process. General Government4 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Flexibility for the developer to Lastly, by the end of 2014 we released a series respond to their judgment as to what of zoning proposals for the Central Business the market will support. District that builds on our 2008 development vision for Downtown Framingham by adding Having built an extremely strong consensus strong tools to pursue what is known across on a TOD approach that is appropriate for the country and here in Massachusetts as Framingham, the Town will be advancing a Transit Oriented Development. TOD seeks series of proposals to modernize the Central to leverage transit assets such as our highly Business District zoning to allow higher utilized commuter rail station downtown, as a residential density, manage parking catalyst for residential development. appropriately, and increase the certainty and Residential TOD development has occurred the flexibility developers can expect with in other Massachusetts communities with struggling downtown areas. This is an exciting a 5- to 10-minute walk of the Framingham vision for Downtown Framingham and one Commuter Rail Station. that is occurring around Massachusetts and I will close by offering my thanks to all who generation begins to shape the real estate have worked so closely on so many of our market and the environment in which they initiatives and successes. A special thank you increasingly choose to live and work one to the Board of Selectmen for the continued that is inherently walkable and bicycle trust they place in me and also the amazing friendly, and less dependent on the group of municipal employees who make automobile. things happen for Framingham residents and businesses day in and day out. They are all When we asked a panel of successful TOD truly outstanding. And to Jen, Cherry, real estate developers why we have not seen Jeanette and Maryellen, the staff here in the the type of TOD development that other communities have seen around their are at the heart of what we accomplish for the commuter stations, we received three answers: taxpayers, residents and businesses of Framingham. Insufficient residential density to Sincerely, That our suburban-oriented parking Robert Halpin, requirements add significant costs to Town Manager the development; and TC OWN LERK Memorial Building, Room 105 | 508-532-5521 | Townclerk@framinghamma.gov Census. 37,467 Framingham residents are source of information for most callers and registered to vote. The presence of a birthing visitors to the Memorial Building. hospital, numerous nursing homes and many th Framingham is the 14 most populated assisted living facilities contribute to our municipality in Massachusetts. 68,318 substantial work load. residents were counted in the 2010 US General Government5 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Assistant Town Clerk Lisa Ferguson manages processed for a total of 1294 births to our daily operations in the Town Clerk and Framingham residents. In October, the Death Election Divisions. She trains and supervises VIP system became operational. This has staff. Among many other responsibilities, significantly increased the work involved in Lisa produces the Town Meeting Journal, processing burial permits and death maintains the Town Clerk page on the Town certificates. website, and along with the Town Clerk administers the qualifying oath to appointed Lauren DiGiandomenico is the Election State officials and appointed and elected Coordinator. The Election Division is Town officials. Lisa has earned her Certified responsible for: conducting the Annual Town Municipal Clerk designation from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks. In voter/census database and its related street the absence of the Town Clerk the Assistant listing; recording Town Meeting votes, filing Town Clerk assumes the authority and Town Meeting original documents, preparing responsibilities of that position. the Attorney General Bylaw submissions and posting the bylaws when they are approved. The Town Clerk Division is responsible for The Annual Town Meeting met over twelve nights in May. A Special Town Meeting met ndrd records. Administrators Emily Black and on October 21st, 22 and 23. Elena Finehouse registered 652 deaths and 530 marriages and issued 3934 dog licenses In 2014, Lauren registered 2403 new voters, and 512 business certificates in 2014. Our deleted 4192 voters, amended the records of revenue total was $235,000. Other 11,568 voters and processed 1742 absentee responsibilities include but are not limited to: ballots. Three elections were held in 2014: the processing and issuing burial permits, death Annual Town Election (10% turnout), the certificates, marriage licenses, marriage State Primary (17%) and the State Election certificates and underground storage tank (50%). We are grateful to many people for permits; collecting fines for the Board of assisting us in providing excellent service to Health, Conservation Commission, Police our voters. These include but are not limited Department, Building and Public Works to: School Superintendents Scott and Lynch Departments and Animal Control; who provide accessible voting locations at maintaining all permanent Public Way Access their schools and the principals who loan us permits, Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning their cafeterias, gyms and parking spaces on Board and Historic Commission decisions election day; James Paolini, Brent Blair and and appeals; conducting genealogy searches Town Facilities Management staff, Matt Torti and issuing raffle permits. Emily is also and Ernie Moreau and School Building and responsible for processing affidavits of Grounds staff, Domenic Jannetti and Keefe correction of vital records, posting meetings Tech Facilities staff; Reverend Scaravelli and and agendas and ensuring that the 48 hour Pastor Don Hegeman who generously requirement is met, recording Conflict of provide St. Tarcisius and Wesley United Interest receipts and registering births. Methodist Parish Centers as voting locations at no cost; the Arcade management for As a result of the Vitals Information providing employee parking on election day Partnership (VIP) System we now receive all and our election workers who work 15+ hour births to Framingham residents electronically. days to serve the voters. This has doubled the time necessary for the process. In 2014, 805 births at MWMC were The Board of Selectmen, Town employees, registered and 489 out of town births were Town Officials, the Town Moderator and General Government6 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Town Meeting Members provide consistent Finally and most importantly I thank and support to this office; it is a pleasure to work commend my small dedicated staff for their with them and with all who participate in our hard work, professionalism and administration and government. knowledgeable, and friendly attitudes. They I am very grateful for the support of our excellent customer service. dedicated, knowledgeable Division and Department Heads. It is a privilege to call Respectfully submitted, them my colleagues. Valerie Mulvey, Town Clerk General Government7 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report TC OWN OUNSEL Memorial Building, Room 127 | 508-532-5406 | cpetrini@framinghamma.gov I. Introduction & Overview conjunction with specific warrant articles. We also provide advice and guidance to the various committees of Town Meeting, and to provide the 2014 Annual Report of the attend meetings of such committees as Office of the Town Counsel. P&A operates needed. the Office of the Town Counsel in accordance with Article II, Section 5 of the Over the past several years, this office has General Bylaws. We represent the Town in litigation and appear on behalf of the Town litigation with efficiency, focus and positive before all courts and administrative agencies results. Included in Section II of this report is of the Commonwealth. In addition, we serve a comprehensive list describing the status of as a liaison and a resource to various special cases that were active in 2014, as required by counsel and insurance counsel representing Article II, Section 5.8 of the General Bylaws. the Town in a variety of legal matters. We Included in Section III is a Budgetary also attend meetings of boards, committees Overview section that summarizes the and commissions of the Town as necessary or revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses this as requested. P&A also drafts legal office helped achieve for the Town in 2014. documents for Town officials, boards and commissions upon request, and reviews legal II.2014 Report on Status of Framingham contracts, deeds and agreements to which the Cases Town is a party. We provide advice and opinions to the Board of Selectmen, Town In accordance with Article II Sections 5.8 and Manager, and various boards, committees, 1.5 of the General Bylaws, below is a list of commissions, division heads and department the Framingham cases that were active in heads in accordance with the Town bylaws 2014. I have included the case name, type of case, and a brief description of the case with Access to Town Counsel and Confidentiality the 2014 activities and 2015 activities through of Attorney-Client Communications. February 28, 2015 summarized in the last column on the right. This section is divided In our capacity as Town Counsel, we attend into two parts. Part A summarizes cases that the Annual Town Meeting and all special are handled by this office, and Part B town meetings and we are available to provide summarizes cases handled by special counsel opinions at such meetings upon request. We or insurance counsel. also review all non-petition warrant articles prior to inclusion in the warrant, and are available to review and comment upon written motions submitted in advance upon request in General Government23 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report A.OFFICE OF TOWN COUNSEL CASES MATTER TYPE 2014 STATUS/DISPOSITION This case involved an original bypass appeal by an individual whom Alves v. Town of Civil Service the Town bypassed for a patrol officer position with the Police Framingham Department. The parties reached a resolution of this matter whereby the petitioner withdrew the appeal and the Town agreed to revise reasons for its bypass and consider the petitioner for a potential future appointment with the Police Department. This matter is now closed. Avidia Bank, et al. v. Zoning This matter involves an attempt to construct a bank on the property ZBAlocated at 222-236 Cochituate Road. The complaint includes two permit, and a claim that the Office and Professional Zoning District is invalid on its face and as applied to this property. Plaintiffs claim that any commercially reasonable use of the property requires a special permit, and that the zoning by-law therefore exceeds the miss the complaint and the matter should be resolved soon. Bardellini v. Town of Probate This is a probate case involving paternity issues in which the Town Framingham was named as party only to compel it to issue a revised birth certificate in the event so ordered by the Court. The Town is not actively participating in this case. Butler v. Zoning Zoning 2013 decision to grant Danforth Green, LLC, the current developer Board of Appeal and of the Saxonville Planned Unit Development, a variance under Danforth Green, LLC c.40A, § 10, allowing construction of a 360-unit residential development, including both rental and for-sale housing units, on a property located off Danforth Street and Riverpath Drive. The defendants, including the ZBA, moved for summary judgment in June of 2013. The Court entered summary judgment in favor of the Defendants on August 22, 2013. The plaintiff has appealed the decision, and the Appeals Court issued a decision affirming the Land Supreme Judicial Court and the U.S. Supreme Court, both of which appeals have been fully exhausted and this matter is now closed. Declaratory/ This is an action seeking declaratory and injunctive relief to enjoin Butler v. Town of Injunctive Framingham late the accounting of and action plan to address both taxes wrongfully collected and taxes due and owing as a result of a miscalculation of General Government24 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report various discovery requests to the plaintiff on February 24, 2015, including interrogatories, requests for admissions and requests for production of documents. The Town awaits responses to such discovery requests in accordance with Court rules. Croft v. Conservation Wetlands This case involves an appeal under G.L. c. 249, § 4 challenging the Commission June, 2014 with respect to alleged wetlands violations on property located at and near 0 Dartmouth Drive. In December, 2014, the parties agreed to stay the matter for 90 days to discuss a potential resolution of the case, along with a related District Court proceeding through which the plaintiff is seeking to challenge citations issued by the Conservation Department under G.L. c. 40, § 21D in connection with the violations. The parties are currently discussing a potential global resolution of these cases. Croft v. Planning Land Use Board approval not required (ANR) under the Subdivision Control Law with respect to property located at 1147 Edmands Road. The Town served interrogatories and requests for production of documents upon the plaintiffs on July 7, 2014 and is in the process of ongoing discovery review. Croft/Nexum v. Land Use This matter concerns an appeal of the conditions of approval issued Planning by the Planning Board in a decision for Definitive Subdivision Plan Board/Board of Health 45 Nixon Road, as recommended by various letters to the Planning Board from the Board of Health. The plaintiffs contend that the conditions of approval are unreasonable and beyond the authority of both the Planning Board and the Board of Health. The Town served interrogatories upon the other parties on December 30, 2014. Discovery is ongoing. DePietri v. Wetlands Conservation conditions issued by the Conservation Commission relating to Commission notices of intent seeking approval to construct three single family dwellings on three parcels of property located at 29 Pleasant Street. On February 17, 2015, the plaintiff filed an assented-to motion to stay the matter pending related proceedings before the MassDEP. El Manahri The Licensing Hermit, Inc. v. Town of Framingham package store license under G.L. c. 138, § 15. On October 14, 2014, the date of the scheduled hearing on the appeal before the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission, El Manahri withdrew its appeal with prejudice due to its statutory ineligibility for the license based on the citizenship of certain of its corporate directors. This matter is now closed. Since withdrawing its appeal, El Manahri has filed a new license application. Ferrari v. Zoning Zoning Board of Appeals General Government25 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report sought the right, after having razed a condemned fire damaged existing single family dwelling situated on a single lot locate at 35 Waveney Road, to divide the lot into two building lots, one with less than the required area of the zoning By-Law. The plaintiff alleges that the ZBA failed to issue a timely decision and that the decision judgment which, following opposition from this office, was denied by the Court. The Town served the plaintiffs with discovery interrogatories and requests for production of documents in April, 2014. Plaintiff subsequently agreed to dismiss the case and the case has been closed out. Fox v. Town of Civil Rights This is a lawsuit filed against the Town, the School Committee and Framingham certain School Department officials by Kevin Fox, a former Framingham High School guidance counselor until March 2013. The Complaint consists of several statutory, constitutional and civil rights claims against the various defendants arising from the officials for his objection to their response to an alleged sexual assault on a 15 year old female student by an 18 year old male student in or about April 2012. The Plaintiff contends that the School officials ignored or rejected his recommendations in the aftermath of the alleged assault and then retaliated against him over the course of several months before he resigned in March 2013. The Plaintiff amended his complaint in June, 2014 to add the Framingham School Committee as a party. His amended complaint seeks damages from the School Committee and the individually named school employee defendants, including compensatory and punitive damages, compensation for his alleged emotional pain and The Town was dismissed as a party in the case by the Court in July 2014. The remaining parties currently are in the process of exchanging discovery, which is scheduled to conclude in the spring of 2015. Framingham Labor This matter involves the Framingham Firefighters Local 1652 Firefighters Local petition to the Joint Labor Management Committee in connection 1652 JLMC Petition with the negotiation of a success agreement between the Town and the union. The current agreement expired as of June 30, 2014. The longevity/sick leave buyback, sick leave documentation and compensatory time, among other issues. The JLMC held a hearing in this matter on January 8, 2015. Framingham-Franklin Zoning This is an action pursuant to G.L. c. 40A, §17, appealing a decision LLC v. Zoning Board of the Framingham Zoning Board of Appeals, which upheld a of Appeals Commissioner had denied plaintiff Framingham- request for zoning enforcement, in which plaintiff requested that the Building Commissioner take enforcement action against the construction of a Dunkin Donuts restaurant at 430 Franklin Street in General Government26 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Framingham. The complaint neglected to name as a defendant the owner of 430 Franklin Street, SEDE Realty, LLC, which is the real party in interest. On February 25, 2015, the ZBA served the plaintiff with a motion to dismiss for failure to name a necessary party. The position to such motion. Framingham Office Zoning This case was an appeal under G.L. c. 40A, § 17 of the Planning Realty, LLC v. Planning Board, et al. permits and waivers in connection with the proposed building expansion and other work at 15-16 Pleasant Street and 86 RR New York Avenue Rear. Shortly after filing its lawsuit, the plaintiff abutter, Framingham Office Realty, LLC, resolved this matter with the defendant recipients of the above-described zoning relief. The plaintiff filed a stipulation of dismissal on April 16, 2014. This matter is now closed. Grateful Head v. Declaratory Town of Framingham Judgment execution of a search warrant by the Framingham Police which resulted in the seizure of suspected drug paraphernalia from the The shop has sued for a declaratory judgment that the items seized can legally be sold, and moved for a preliminary injunction seeking the return of the items seized. The Town, with the assistance of the Middlesex District was a pending criminal case in Framingham District Court against the shop owner and two other individuals and that the items seized are evidence for use in the case. The Court issued a ruling denying The Town filed an answer to the complaint dated October 31, 2013. This civil case was largely dormant throughout 2014 while the above-mentioned criminal case was pending. The criminal proceeding was resolved in 2014 when the Plaintiff in this civil matter, Terry Wilson, admitted to sufficient facts and agreed to a period of supervised probation. The civil case was dismissed without prejudice by agreement in February 2015. Huntington Wetlands/ This case involves an appeal of a Conservation Commission order Properties, LLC v. Certiorari denying a notice of intent to construct a single family home and Conservation associated site improvements at 13 Pelham Avenue. The Commission Commission issued its denial orders under the Wetlands Protection Act and the Framingham Wetlands Protection Bylaw, respectively, on December 31, 2012. motion for judgment on the pleadings held in August, 2014, the Court issued judgment in favor of the Conservation Commission. The Plaintiff filed a notice of appeal. In the Matter of Wetlands This matter was an appeal by neighbors of a superseding Debra Edelstein, New order of conditions issued by the MassDEP to allow the New England Wildflower a deer exclusion Society fence. The Conservation Commission was named as a party General Government27 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report in interest insofar as it had issued the underlying order of conditions, which the MassDEP affirmed in its superseding order, with certain additional conditions. As the parties prepared for a hearing that had been scheduled for January, 29, 2015, New England Wildflower Society withdrew its notice of intent. This matter is now closed. Marist Fathers of Zoning Appeal This matter involved an appeal under G.L. c. 40A, § 17 from a Boston and Walden decision of the ZBA denying plaintiff Walden Behavioral Behavioral Care, LLC v.Zoning Board ofstructures upon property located at 518 Pleasant Street. Appeals Walden sought to use the property as a facility for the treatment of obesity, eating disorders, mood disorders and other medical and psychiatric conditions, with inpatient and outpatient services. After engaging in discovery in 2014, Walden Behavioral Care withdrew its proposal and filed a notice of dismissal on November 12, 2014. This matter is now closed. Norton v. Wetlands Conservation dated Commission the Court remanding the matter back to the Commission for the Commission to apply the exception language of 310 CMR 10.58(2)(a)(1)(d) in determining whether the underlying stream is perennial or for a superseding order of conditions. This is the first of three Paulini lawsuits, and it is has been stayed by Paulini Loam, LLC v. Zoning the court pending the outcome of the third lawsuit, which will be Zoning Board of described below. In December of 2005, the Zoning Board of Appeals, Land Court Misc. Case No. construct a concrete batching plant at 597 Old Connecticut Path. At 318083 KCL the time of the initial application, the property was zoned General Manufacturing. Paulini claimed that the concrete batching plant was allowed as of right under Section III.G.1.a of the Zoning Bylaw, the General Manufacturing district. The Building Commissioner ruled that the proposed use required a special permit under Section obnoxious noise, vibration, smoke, gas, fumes, odors, dust or other objectionable Paulini filed this appeal seeking to General Government28 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report declaration from the Court that the proposed plant did not require a special permit. There has been extensive discovery, including depositions, in this case, but it has been stayed by the Court for several years. This is the second of three Paulini lawsuits and has also been stayed Paulini Loam LLC v. Zoning by the Land Court. In December of 2005, a Special Town Meeting Zoning Board of approved two amendments to the Zoning By-law, one of which Appeals, Land Court changed the zoning designation of the area, including 597 Old Misc. Case No. Connecticut Path, to Office Professional, such that the proposed use 325212 KCL became prohibited and could not be authorized even through a special permit. The second amendment changed the procedures and thresholds for site plan review. Paulini filed this second lawsuit, this time naming the town as defendant, challenging the validity of the Zoning By-law amendments. In the meantime, Paulini filed a definitive subdivision plan for the Property, which was approved by the Planning Board, thereby freezing the zoning of the Property for 8 years from the date the subdivision plan was approved. As a result, the Property is still governed by the General Manufacturing zoning as it existed in 2005. We filed a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the Town in this case, arguing that the two amendments are valid as a matter of law. That motion is still pending at the Land Court. Following the filing of this motion the parties moved to continue the trial date in this case. This case remains pending but is dormant like the first Paulini Loam case. This case represents the most recent appeal filed by Paulini Loam, Paulini Loam, LLC v. Zoning Zoning Board of Appeals, Land Court concrete manufacturing plant proposed to be located at 597 Old Misc. Case No. 09 MISC 401214 KCL second is a request for a declaratory judgment that the proposed use of the site for a concrete manufacturing facility is allowed by right under the Zoning Bylaw. The Board filed a motion for summary judgment on the grounds that it is not disputed that the plans submitted to the Building Commissioner showed a structure, within the meaning of the Zoning Bylaw, within a required setback. On issues of material fact that preclude the granting of summary as located, designed, and mitigated will be offensive because of injurious or The Land Court held a nine-day trial in this matter in October and Decemb- trial briefs the Court held closing arguments on July 1, 2014. The Land Court took the case under advisement and has not yet issued a General Government29 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report ruling. These two lawsuits involved the Town and SB General Contracting, SB General Construction Contracting v. Town at was of Framingham I performed primarily in 2010. The Project consisted of work on two streets, New York Avenue and California Avenue, and principally involved replacing existing sewer force mains with new larger SB General diameter force mains. In March of 2011, SB filed a suit against the Contracting v. Town Town in Norfolk Superior Court, claiming the Town breached the of Framingham II Project agreement by failing to pay SB for certain work performed on the Project. SB alleged $341,021 in damages plus interest, which the Town disputed. The parties attempted to resolve the matter through voluntary mediation, but were unable to reach agreement primarily due to the assertion against the Town in April and May of 2012 of third party claims by two private property owners and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts alleging that asbestos- contaminated soils from the Project site were improperly disposed in a residential area in Milford, Massachusetts during the summer of 2010, with estimated clean-up costs in excess of $750,000. The property owners also claimed unspecified property damages, emotional distress and other damages. The Town filed suit against SB in July 2012 in Middlesex Superior Court for various claims pertaining to the asbestos dumping issue. The parties conducted pre-trial discovery and motion practice in that case, and obtained a court ruling that SB had a duty to defend the Town under the applicable defense and indemnity clause agreed to by SB in the contract documents. The Town and SB, along with other potentially responsible parties, also engaged in pre-suit negotiations under G.L. c. 21E, § 4A related to the Milford site. Following mediation in August 2013, the parties reached a resolution of both the 2011 and 2012 actions and agreed on a cost sharing arrangement for the remediation of the Asbestos Containing Material (ACM) soil pile, and involved the exchange of releases between and among all of the parties. contributed $175,000 towards the total settlement of $975,000. This settlement was approved by the Special Town Meeting on October 16, 2013. The ACM soil pile was recently removed by the asbestos contractor hired by the parties pursuant to the settlement agreement, and a certificate of compliance for the site was issued by MassDEP in September 2014. The Commonwealth has threatened to seek civil fines against the Town and the other parties for various statutory General Government30 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report violations pertaining to the improper soil disposal. As part of the settlement, the mediator (a retired and well-respected Superior Court judge) agreed to advocate with the state to avoid or minimize any fines issued. The Town is currently in negotiations with the violations without litigation. If any fines are issued by the Commonwealth, the Town expects such fines to be minimal insofar as the parties cooperated and exercised good faith in coming to an agreement to clean up the ACM soil pile. If fines are issued, the settlement agreement provides that each party, including the Town, shall bear responsibility for paying its own fines. SEIU Local 888 Labor labor laws by instructing a bargaining unit member in the Health Unfair Labor Practice Department to train a member of management to perform Charge bargaining unit work and having members of management conduct bargaining unit work, namely pre-rental housing unit inspections. The union and the Town resolved this matter by agreement in November, 2014. Under the agreement, pre-rental unit inspections will be conducted exclusively by inspectors who are members of the bargaining unit except in cases of emergency when no unit member is available. This matter is now closed. This case involves a request by Robert Talmo, owner of the property Talmo v. Zoning Zoning/Land at 28 Nixon Road, for zoning enforcement with respect to the Board of Appeals Use abutting property at 30 Nixon Road. Mr. Talmo alleges that a barn on the property at 30 Nixon Road, which is in a residential zoning district, is not in compliance with the Zoning Bylaw. The Board has served discovery requests and responses upon the plaintiff. On February 10, 2012 the plaintiff filed a motion for summary judgment. st 2, 2013. dismissal as to Count II of the Complaint, and sought summary judgment. On November 11, 2013, the Court denied the monitor this matter while it is being actively litigated between the neighbors, who constitute the real parties in dispute. Town of Framingham Contract insurance carrier, v.Berkeley Assurance Company denial of coverage for defense or indemnity for the above-referenced case of Fox v. Framingham. The denial of coverage is based on officials involved, was aware of circumstances that would give rise to a claim under the policy well before the July 1, 2013 inception date of the policy and failed to disclose the circumstances to Berkley prior to the inception date of the policy. The Town filed its Complaint in General Government31 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report this matter on November 3, 2014 seeking declaratory judgment and violation of Chapter 93A/176D against Verus/Berkley. The defendants filed a counterclaim on December 8, 2014, which the Town has answered. The Court has scheduled a litigation control conference for March 10, 2015. This case is a zoning enforcement action against Ekard Town of Framingham Zoning v.Ekard EquipmentEnforcement Company, Inc. located in the R-1 (Residential) Zoning District. Russo Bros., Inc., which is owned by the same persons that own Ekard, operates a construction business at the property. On May 30, 2012, following an inspection conducted after the Town received complaints of zoning violations at the property, the der to Ekard, ordering Ekard to remove unpermitted commercial tenants from the property, cease and desist all welding activities, and remove stockpiled materials and unpermitted structures. Upon appeal of the order the ZBA issued a decision, filed with the Town Clerk on January 11, 2013, finding that Ekard had committed various violations at the property and ordering Ekard to undertake compliance measures, including among others restoring the property to its condition of 2008, removing unpermitted commercial tenants, removing unpermitted structures at the property, including a salt shed, and ceasing from the storage of salt on the site. Town filed a verified complaint and motion for a preliminary injunction in the Middlesex Superior Court on January 23, 2014. On February 3, 2014, after a hearing, the Court issued an preliminary injunction, which the Town served on Ekard on February 4, 2014. The Town currently is working to ensure This is a case brought by a condominium association to recover Trustees of Prescott Condominium/ condo fees. The Town was named as a defendant/party in interest Gardens Lien Condominium Trust condo lien. On February 6, 2015, the Court issued an order allowing v.Town of th Framingham, et al. awarding damages and a lien to the plaintiff and reaffirming the General Government32 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report VHS Acquisition No. Zoning site plan for a proposed 9 v. Planning Board 24,000-square-foot outpatient surgical center proposed by Newton- Wellesley Hospital at the former Comp USA facility at 500 Cochituate Road in Framingham. Newton-Wellesley withdrew its plans for the facility and the appeal of the Planning Board Decision is now dormant. B.SPECIAL COUNSEL/INSURANCE DEFENSE COUNSEL CASES Below is a list of significant cases that presently are being handled by special counsel or insurance defense counsel. MATTER TYPE STATUS Casaburri v. Town of Civil Rights This case involved claims against the Town alleging that Town police Framingham officers used excessive force and committed civil rights violations in arresting an individual for various alleged crimes stemming from a police investigation of car theft at the ADESA Auto Auction that the plaintiff assaulted police personnel during the underlying Insurance Association (MIIA), has retained the firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town in this case. The parties held a mediation before a magistrate judge on January 5, 2015 and February 6, 2015. The mediation resulted in a settlement of this case. This matter is now closed. Employment Charton v. Town of Resources in Middlesex Superior Court in August, 2009 Framingham against the Town and the former Town Manager, alleging constitutional, contract, defamation, emotional distress and state whistleblower claims 2009. MIIA has retained Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town and the former Town dismissed by summary judgment in March, 2011. In May, 2012 Ms. Charton filed a stipulation of dismissal as to all remaining claims against the Town, and thus the Town is no longer a defendant in this case. Ms. Charton filed a related Charge of Discrimination with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination. Ms. Charton subsequently dismissed the Town from the MCAD proceeding with prejudice and therefore Mr. Suso remained the only defendant. After holding hearings in 2012 and 2013, the MCAD Hearing Officer issued a ruling dated December General Government33 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Discrimination. After Ms. Charton filed an appeal of the Commission issued a decision dated May 2, 2014 dismissing her claims in favor of the Town. This matter is now closed. Dresser v. Town of Civil Rights This is an action for money damages for alleged violations of the Framingham Massachusetts Civil Rights Act, and various state torts. MIIA has retained Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town. The plaintiff alleges that he was falsely arrested, and that his arrest was effectuated with excessive force. The Town denies arrest, the plaintiff served as a counselor for an agency and had the care of three individuals with special needs. He was reported to the police for leaving such individuals in a van while he mowed the lawn at his home in 85-degree heat. Upon investigation by the police, including questioning of the plaintiff and reporting parties, the plaintiff was placed under arrest for neglect of a disabled person. The Court issued an order requiring the parties to complete fact discovery by January 30, 2015, complete expert discovery by April 15, 2015 and file motions for summary judgment by May 1, 2015. The Court has scheduled a status conference in this matter for March 9, 2015. Gagne v. Town of Discrimination This is a Superior Court action filed against the Town by a former Framingham employee in January, 2015 for alleged handicap discrimination under G.L. c. 151B. This matter originally was the subject of a Charge of Discrimination filed with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination MCAD against the Town by a former employee. MCAD dismissed the matter with prejudice after a request for investigative conference. The plaintiff subsequently commenced this action in the Superior Court. The Town filed an answer on January 26, 2015. The Town is represented in this case by insurance defense counsel Morrison Mahoney LLP. Hache v. Town of Discrimination This matter concerns a Charge of Discrimination before the MCAD Framingham by a former employee of the Town. The claimant alleges that she was discriminated against on the basis of a disability in connection with a performance review in November 2012 and a related compensation decision. The Town denies the allegations and upon poor performance issues, including unproductive and disruptive conduct. This matter is being defended by Morrison Mahoney LL This matter remains pending at MCAD, and the Town is awaiting General Government34 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Norfolk & Dedham Tort This case involved claims against the Town alleging that work by Group v. Town of public works personnel caused a pressure spike in water piping that Framingham represented in this case by Pierce, Davis & Perritano, LLP. The parties settled this matter in June, 2014. This matter is now closed. Otero v. Town of Discrimination This case concerns a Charge of Discrimination filed against the Framingham Town and its Department of Public Works alleging that the plaintiff was laid off due to gender or a physical handicap. MIIA has retained Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town in this matter. The Town filed a motion for summary judgment in May, 2014. After conducting a hearing on the matter, on July 7, 2014 the atter is now closed. Picard v. Town of Tort This was a small claims action filed by the plaintiff alleging that the Framingham Town neglected to take proper action in connection with an alleged school assault. The parties reached a resolution in January, 2015, and this matter is now closed. Player v. Town of Tort This was a tort action brought by a former tenant who leased office Framingham space in the Maynard Building located at 14 Vernon Street. The plaintiff alleged that air quality conditions at the building caused him to suffer from mold toxicity. The Town took the position that the plaintiff provided notice of his claims and commenced this action after the relevant limitations periods had expired and could not demonstrate damages or a causal link between building conditions and his alleged injury. This matter was settled in 2014 and is now closed. Rogers v. Town of Civil Rights This case involved claims against the Town alleging that the plaintiff Framingham was wrongfully arrested with excessive force after the police reported to a call for a family disturbance. The plaintiff also alleged that he was beaten during booking. The Town moved for summary judgment, through insurance defense counsel Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten, and on January 13, 2015, the Court issued an closed. Smith v. Town of Discrimination This matter concerns a claim by an applicant for a position in the Framingham Callahan Senior Center that the Town discriminated against him on the basis of his age by failing to hire him for the position. This matter was recently commenced and was submitted to the insurance carrier for coverage and defense. As of the drafting of this respond to the complaint in the near future. General Government35 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Stamps v. Town of Civil Rights This case arises from the accidental shooting of Eurie Stamps on Framingham, et al. January 5, 2011 in connection with a Framingham Police Middlesex District Attorney conducted an investigation and determined that criminal charges would not issue against the officer filed an action against the Town and others in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts seeking claims for alleged civil rights violations and wrongful death. To date the Town has been defended in this case by MIIA, which has retained the firm of Brody, Hardoon, Perkins and Kesten to represent the Town in this matter. On July 1, 2014, the Town filed a motion for partial summary judgment seeking dismissal of all counts pending against the Town, wrongful death under G.L. c. 258, § 2. The Court issued a decision to all counts except those set forth under Counts 2 and 3 alleging Fourth Amendment violations based on the alleged use of excessive force The plaintiff cross-he punitive damages claims against Officer Duncan. Appeal briefs are expected to be submitted and argued sometime in 2015. Van Loan v. Town of Civil Rights This case involves claims for civil rights violations alleging that Town Framingham police officers wrote false police reports and conspired to maliciously prosecute him for the sale of narcotics. Through insurance counsel, the Town filed a motion for summary judgment. On March 27, judgment and dismissed the case. This matter is now closed. III.Budgetary Overview As in past years, I would like to conclude appropriation of $675,000. this report with a brief discussion of budgeting and legal expenses. In 2014 this Following is a chart summarizing the office continued its positive track record of revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses procuring new revenue for the General Fund achieved in FY 2014 by the efforts of the or helping to avoid the imposition of Office of Town Counsel working with other additional costs to the Town. The services departments, boards or commissions, or provided by the Office of the Town Counsel through the substantial assistance of this have resulted in monetary benefits to the office. Town that has resulted in direct revenue, mitigation and avoided expenses nearly two General Government36 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report A. FY 2014 Revenue, Mitigation and Avoided Expenses Matter: Description: Payments Received Payments received in FY2014 for sewage transport under the February from Ashland for 13, 2004 Decision issued by the Department of Telecommunications and sewage transport in Energy, and pursuant to the January 1, 2007 IMA between Ashland and FY 2014 Framingham. This represents more than a 100-fold increase over what 864 572.51 Framingham received from 1964-2003 under the 1963 Intermunicipal (Revenue) Agreement with Ashland ($5500 per year). Through 2013 the Town has received $8 million dollars in payments from Ashland ($7,611,286.84) under the successful 2004 Decision and the 2007 IMA that resulted. Pelham Apartments and Framingham in the Pelham litigation, the Town was able to cease trash collection at Housing Authority the 550 units at the Pelham Apartments, which results in avoided Trash Collection expenses estimated at more than $100,000 per year. By virtue of the Pelham ruling, the Town also was able to cease trash collection at (Avoided Expense) approximately 1,000 units owned by the Framingham Housing Authority, thus realizing savings of approximately an additional estimated $200,000 per year. These savings amount to approximately $300,000 per year on an annual recurring basis without adjusting for inflation. Calvao, et al. v. Town of Framingham $150,000 (Avoided Expense) establishment of a 24-day work period under 29 U.S.C. 207(k), the Town has avoided liability to date for approximately $1,500,000 in damages, in view of the federal law that often allows for double violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. Additionally, the Town has to date avoided the need to pay FLSA overtime to officers who work more than 40 hours per week (CBA overtime is paid), thus saving the Town approximately $150,000 per year on an annual basis. TOTAL FY 2014 1,314,572.51 While we cannot promise that the revenue, CONCLUSION mitigation and avoided expenses achieved in FY 2014 will continue at the same level in In closing, the attorneys and staff at Petrini the future, we will continue to exercise & Associates, P.C. wish to thank the Board creativity, diligence, and our best legal skill of Selectmen and the residents of the Town to address the litigation that does arise as we for the opportunity to serve as your Town advocate on behalf of the best interests of Counsel. the Board of Selectmen and the taxpayers of the Town of Framingham. Christopher J. Petrini Petrini & Associates, P.C. Town Counsel General Government37  Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report HR UMAN ESOURCES Memorial Building, Room B7 | 508-532-5490 | human.resources@framinghamma.gov The Human Resources Division consists of Group Insurance Commission. Robin and the Department of Human Resources and the Jane process all claims and work closely with Department of Veterans Services. the Retirement Board and the Massachusetts Teachers Retirement System. The benefits Human Resources team also started a quarterly newsletter and The department of Human Resources has two new health and wellness programs multiple responsibilities. The division offering yoga and Zumba on-site two times oversees the recruitment and hiring process of per week and are planning to expand the on- new employees for all Town positions, in site wellness opportunities. accordance with the established Town policies and procedures, as well as new employee Recruitment: Judy Caron and the HR orientation. The department maintains the Generalist/Analyst. She manages the employment and recruitment process, drafts, updates, revises and interprets the including advertising, reviewing employment applications, interviewing candidates, plays a key role in negotiating and interpreting checking references, including Criminal all collective bargaining agreements; fosters Record Offender Information (CORI) and Productive labor and employee relations; pre-employment testing when applicable. She performs cost and staffing analysis; assists in is also coordinates Town compliance with the employee development and training; Department of Transportation CDL drug and establishes, maintains, and analyzes employee alcohol testing program, compliance with the benefit packages, including health and FMLA certification and tracks leaves of wellness, and oversees the employee absence. She oversees the unemployment recognition programs. The department insurance, processing or questioning claims. oversees the Family and Medical Leave act With the help of the Technical Services absences; manages Town and School benefits Department, Judy has successfully and Workers Compensation, and implemented an electronic application and unemployment insurance program. applicant tracking system and has added social media and diversity websites to our recruiting Benefits: Robin Tusino is the Benefits efforts. Judy also assists with employee Manager. Robin is responsible for all relations and coordinates with the Town benefits, with the Benefits Assistant, Jane EAP. Desilets, they manage health, dental, Section 125 flexible spending, Health Reimbursement account (HRA), life and disability insurance Coordinator: This position is currently programs for the Town, Schools and Retirees. vacant. This position is responsible They are responsible for new employee benefits orientation and coordinates open program for School and Town employees. enrollment periods. With the assistance of This position investigates accidents, identifies several employees and volunteers, Robin and ways to prevent accidents, and coordinates Jane successfully enrolled almost 9000 Safety training with various departments. employees, dependents and retirees in the This position works closely with an State health plans offered through the (GIC) Occupational Health Nurse from AllOne General Government38 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Health, Mary Saunders, who is on-site one with a consultant on updating job afternoon per week to provide case descriptions. Brant is also responsible for the management and coordinate care with treating Employee Recognition program and physicians. This position is also responsible Employee Sick Bank process. for processing all claims and medical bills for employees and work related disability public The division is committed to customer safety retirees. service, and providing services to our employees, retirees and citizens in a Administration: Brant Johnson is the courteous, efficient and professional manner. trative Assistant. He provides administrative support to all Human Respectfully submitted, Resources staff. He coordinates all HR events Dolores Hamilton, and special projects. He has worked closely Human Resources Director VBS ETERANS ENEFITS AND ERVICES Memorial Building, Room B11 | 508-532-5515 | veterans@framinghamma.gov The Mission of the Department is to aid, soldiers Elio Bonvini, USA, Luigi D. assist, advise and advocate for veterans and Ferrazzi, USA, Alessandro L. Falconi, USA, their dependents regarding their rights to Merton L. Chouinard, USA, and the family of benefits and services under local, state and Philip Rogers Thomas, USA, Korea. Featured federal laws. Services offered by the speaker at a Memorial Day was MAJ Michael Department include emergency financial Currie, 151 Regional Support Group, MANG assistance; help with obtaining food, clothing, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom shelter, and assistance in filling out claim (Afghanistan). forms for federal benefits. Veteran Services provided Chapter 115 benefits for an average case load of 65 veterans and or widows. In preparation for Memorial Day, 4,500 flags were placed on the graves of veterans in Grove Cemetery was decorated with a great deal of enthusiastic volunteers from all over MetroWest area. Memorial Day Ceremonies featured the presentation of four Medals of Liberty to families of Framingham residents killed in The Walsh and Cameron Middle Schools both combat. Medals were presented to family held Veterans Day programs where the members on behalf of WWI soldier Fred veteran came to talk about their experiences. Murphy, USA(posthumously awarded Silver At the Fuller School the VSO and Jon Star for actions in France 1918), and WWII McEntegart of the Marine Corps League General Government39 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report presented a program with military uniforms. December display in the Main Library Display Thanks to all the schools for their kind window. invitations and programs. Respectfully Submitted, A Town sponsored Veterans Council has had Peter R. Harvell a successful fist year. Veterans Service Officer TH Anniversary of the Christmas Truce TS ECHNOLOGY ERVICES Memorial Building, Room B25 | 508-532-5829 | technology.services@framinghamma.gov Carly Premo Melo, Director Scott LeLievre, Applications Manager Alan D. Holt, Manager of Database Services Jennifer Nall, Administrative Assistant James V. Schiavone, Manager of Network Services John Cox, Network Technician Justine Diatelevi, Manager of Voice and Office Services Nichol Figueiredo, Public Information Officer/ Charles J. Duross, Public Safety Systems Administrator Webmaster FY14 Operating Budget: $1,436,669 The Technology Services Division is Human Resources to efficiently automate the committed to providing the highest level of hiring process by transitioning application service possible while being fiscally information to employee records to process responsible. Goals focus on maintaining a and post the information into Munis. stable, up to date network and end-user environment that enables and enhances user Munis productivity. Additionally, we look to With the help of Tyler Technology - leverage technology wherever possible to developed new Real Estate, Personal streamline and automate processes. Property & General Billing forms for the The Technology Services division is Accounts Payable check with Accounting organized into 6 service areas. Department. Applicant Tracking was implemented in Human Resources with Framingham job Applications Services openings posted to the Employee Self Scott LeLievre, Manager Service streamlining job applicants into Top Accomplishments for 2014 Munis. Application Services is responsible for the Trained department heads in Applicant Tracking to coordinate roles and management systems for both School and workflow. Town for over 300 users. In the past year, we Coordinated data workflow with schools improved the automation process of data using a new school substitute teacher import between town and school applications. software AESOP. New business forms were created to improve processes in General Billing and Tax Billing. Applicant Tracking was implemented in General Government40 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report the most progressive communities for e- Organized installation of MUNIS v10.5 in permitting. our Test environment with intentions of installing v10.5 in April 2015.Framingham hosted a regional meeting of permitting agencies in the New England Resolved over 225 TylerTech incidents. area including New York City, Boston, Prepared and processed all Year End and the Commonwealth. Customer f presentations were made by Baltimore, Framingham, and Westwood. Database Services Other Projects and Activities Alan Holt, Manager A new Contact Relation Management Top Accomplishments for 2014 program was installed with Community and Economic Development piloting the Permits and Licenses initial use. Over 13,000 new permits were issued in Continued to work with Planning Board, 2014 along with over 6,000 renewals of CED, Building Department, Health, and cyclical permits and certificates using the Town Clerk to convert paper records to nterprise permitting system Accela Automation. This is an increase of Management System, Laserfiche. Working almost 20% over the previous year. with vendors to scan historic records, Over 260,000 permits are stored in the over 10,000 new documents were added system and available to the public through to the electronic archives. Continued to enhance public access to a week. The oldest permit record is a Property, Permit, and Mapping Tank Storage permit from 1921! Over 150 different types of permits, licenses, and certificates are tracked. The traffic, (about 400 inquiries a day), is from records are maintained by 12 different the use of these public services. Citizens departments. The system interfaces with can access this information 24 hours a the Town GIS, Assessor records, State day, 7 days a week. licensing authorities, and DigSafe. The most commonly issued permit is the Public Safety Residential Renovation permit issued by Charles Duross, Systems Administrator the Building Department. During 2014 a Public Safety is responsible for supporting key total of 1,662 were issued, a 20.1% information technology applications and increase from 2013. Electrical, Fire Alarm, related technologies utilized by the Police and Gas, Fire Detector Certifications, and Fire Departments, and ensuring that critical Plumbing were the next most common. public safety systems function efficiently and New permit types were created to track effectively on a 24/7 basis. Tobacco permits, Foreclosed properties, and Donation Bins. Pilot tests were 2014 Accomplishments started for Rental Housing Inspections Funding was requested and approved for and Facility Rentals. a Fire Department Mobile Data Upgrade; Framingham received the2014 this project includes replacement Innovation ToughBooks for Fire Apparatus as well as group, recognizing Framingham as one of a web-enabled version upgrade of the Fire Department records management General Government41 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report application, Firehouse. The web version Sent 372,100 combined with the new equipment will allow improved Fire data access from the Network Statistics: field for Fire personnel, including firemen IP Cameras - 167; 27 new in 2014 and inspectors. The project is expected to Town Owned Buildings connected be completed in the Spring of 2015. with RCN supplied Fiber 41 A replacement SharePoint server was Servers and appliances - 92 ; Virtual: 38 installed for DHQ, the application used by Police for policy management, sharing Up Time: information, training, details and Critical servers requiring 24X7 up time departmental notifications. Additionally, a 99.999%; only unavailable during new SQL server was installed to replace maintenance windows multiple individual back-end SQL servers Non-Critical servers 9x5 uptime 99.999% utilized by Police; this server will also be only unavailable during maintenance used as a centralized SQL server for Fire windows Department applications. RCN Fiber - Overall availability 99.999% knowledge of SharePoint was instrumental in configuring a new User Services SharePoint environment for the Town; User Services is responsible for technology this new tool will enable information support services to Town Departments, sharing as well as providing a robust including Help Desk, set-up and training, project management portal. email, Internet, hardware and software support, inventory maintenance, policy and Network Services licensed software audits. It is also responsible James V. Schiavone, Manager for PC, printer and software upgrades and John Cox, Network Technician maintenance; Town Meeting equipment and Network Services plans, configures and presentation assistance to Town maintains all Town of Framingham network administration, departmental staff, boards and hardware along with the institutional network committees. In 2014, User Services that connects all town buildings. Key supported 425 PCs and 206 laptops with 619 accomplishments this year included: users; of those users, 70 were new. The Technology Services Help Desk answered In conjunction with Facilities Management, 1,659 Help Desk calls, of which over half we requested and received funding for a data were resolved on the same day. In addition, center upgrade, including a full-room UPS, a 49 PCs were configured and installed, as well new A/C unit capable of cooling the entire as 73 new laptops, ToughBooks and tablets. room, and a new generator to support the upgrades and allow for future growth. The Voice and Office Services project at the end of 2014 is roughly 80% Justine Diatelevi, Manager complete. This position is responsible for preparation of -based budget, Email Statistics: overall operations management, policies and Inbound Total 2,068,112 procedures, and town-wide technology Blocked 1,019,252 acquisitions including contract administration. Allowed 1,048,860 The Voice and Office Services position is also Outbound Total Sent 374,564 responsible for posting Town Meeting Blocked 2,464 General Government42 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Minutes. Additionally, one of the principal roles of this position is the support and accounts, Nichol also assists with the administration of the Cisco Voice over IP Administration of ten (10) Departmental phone and voicemail systems. This position social media accounts. will be a support backup to the Webmaster and is currently in training. The Town has also begun to produce short informational videos regarding Town programs and initiatives. Videos Administrative Assistant are becoming a preferred medium in Jennifer Nall communication and engagement. Jenn has been instrumental in streamlining the onboarding process of new equipment ordered by all Town departments. She has In 2014 the Town began the process of also been key in improving the processes associated with obsolete and retired enhance functionality, offer increased equipment, including the automated accessibility; and to provide for an shredding of hard drives. updated modern look and feel. In December of 2014, the newly designed FraminghamMa.gov site was launched. Public Information Officer/Webmaster Website Statistical Data Nichol Figueiredo 110.5k visits The Public Information Officer/Webmaster 200k page views works directly with the Town Manager and 61k downloads the Technology Services Department on all  communication initiatives for thetown, as well as working with key Division Heads and To further enhance communications the community stakeholders. The PIO directs the to implementation of integrated communications provide convenient access to local strategies for the Town incorporating website officials, news, events, and emergency development, podcasts, media broadcasts, alerts. To date, the application has had written materials, social media trends and over 600 downloads. other applications. In closing, the accomplishments documents in this annual report could not have been 2014 Accomplishments achieved without the commitment of every Establishing a direct method of community member of our talented, motivated and engagement through social media. innovated Technology Services staff. Once again, I thank them for another year of hard In April of 2014, the Town of work and accomplishments. Framingham Facebook page was Respectfully submitted, Also, in April of 2014 the Town of Framingham Twitter page was launched; and currently has 892 followers. Director, Technology Services Statistical data and insights indicate that Facebook and Social Media Posts are reaching in the thousands. General Government43 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report FM ACILITIES ANAGEMENT Memorial Building, Room 133| 508-532-5485 | building.services@framinghamma.gov The Facilities Management Department, This project will address numerous formerly known as Building Services, is infrastructure needs throughout many of our primarily responsible for the maintenance and buildings and will implement energy control day-to-day operations for multiple public measures. The Esco projects annual energy facilities and parking lots/garage that are savings for the Town of Framingham will owned by the Town of Framingham. We self-fund the energy investments, thus currently oversee and maintain twelve Town creating an additional approach to project Owned Buildings, the Waverly Street and implementation without straining the Town Hollis Court commuter parking lots, Pearl Street Garage, both the Centre & Downtown Commons and parking meters located In conclusion, we have made great efforts to throughout the downtown area. The improve the facilities that we are responsible Department consists of eleven fulltime for and will continue to maintain all of our employees, with an operating budget of 1.7 public facilities and grounds while being million. fiscally prudent. During this past fiscal year, we have merged I would like to thank all of the town of our department with the Department of Framingham officials and departments Capital Building Projects and have worked as including Parks & Recreation, Public works a combined unit to better serve the Town. This fiscal year the Facilities Management the cooperation and assisted guidance they Department has begun the implementation of provided us throughout the year. the long range plan which will enable the department to oversee and evaluate all facility Finally and most importantly, I would to management operations and allow us to acknowledge and thank my staff for their provide administrative direction to ensure dedication, hard work and continued support these activities and initiatives are consistent during this past year. Their individual and combined efforts help us provide quality fiscal objectives. service to the Town of Framingham. Respectfully submitted, James J. Paolini, Director of Capital Projects & Facilities Management CBP APITAL UILDING ROJECTS Memorial Building, Room B14| 508-532-5485 | jjp@framinghamma.gov In this past fiscal year, the Capital Building for the Green Communities initiatives. The Projects Department has worked in a joining department has assisted in the Green effort with Facilities Management to begin the Communities grant project designation. The implementation of the 20 year long range town has designated the use of the majority of plans. The department has continued to move the grants funds for the lighting project at the Main Branch Library. This project will be General Government44 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report implemented and combined with the ESCO The town has moved in awarding the designer project that is to begin in 2015. selection to revitalize the Athenaeum Hall in the Historical Saxonville Village. The Friends The ESCO project will embark as the largest of Saxonville have been the driving force for energy infrastructure replacement that the the halls preservation and these plans should town has ever accomplished. This project will be executed in early spring of 2015. With the completion of these plans, the design foot print and the energy savings will self- fund the project. restoration ready to pursue an appropriation of the construction phase in the near future. The Capital Building Projects and Facilities Management Department continue to work as In closing, the Capital Building Projects a cohesive unit to provide essential Department is pleased to announce the fundamental building practices for current completion of the new Lexington Street and future projects in Framingham. accessibility entrance at the Main Branch Library which opened in September of 2014. At the start of this fiscal year, the Department The Capital Projects Department has assisted of Capital Projects has administered the the Library Building Committee in the successful bidding and awarding of the completion of the project and would like to construction for the New McAuliffe Library. thank them for their support. It was a This aeronautically themed new building will pleasure working with each and everyone one carry on the legacy of Christa McAuliffe for of you. future generations and is anticipated to be completed in December of 2015. This project Respectfully submitted, James J. Paolini, Director of Capital Projects reinvigorate the Nobscot corner of & Facilities Management Framingham. MS EDIA ERVICES Memorial B Rm B15| 508-532-5517 |government.channel@framinghamma.gov The mission of The Government Channel is also to make the proceedings of local to serve the community as a valued resource government more accessible to the public. by providing timely news and events to inform Framingham residents on town The Government Channel also carries regular programs and services. We do this by live coverage producing video coverage of public meetings, Meetings, Planning Board and Town Meeting. development of original series, and displaying Monthly coverage of the Framingham important town announcements on our Disability Commission and special coverage municipal electronic bulletin board. of Board of Health are an important component of the channel lineup that gives The Government Channel is dedicated to residences instant access to Framingham programming which supports the goals and government both on their cable system and objectives of the various town departments, via the internet. General Government45 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report The Government Channel can be viewed on The Government Channel through its Comcast channel 99, RCN channel 13, and programming is compiling complete and Verizon channel 42. Programming schedules accurate public records for the Town of Framingham. All programming is available to accessing the government channel portion of the public upon request; selectmen, planning, the department directory or at: and town meetings are also available via www.framinghamtv.com. streaming video on demand for Internet viewing. L ICENSING Memorial Building, Room 121| 508-532-5402 |licenses.permits@framinghamma.gov The Licensing Office issued with the Board of Class III - 3 Junk/Old Metals/Second Hand License 18 the following categories of licenses and Entertainment License (Yearly) 33 permits. Entertainment License (One-day) 4 Sunday Entertainment License 16 Liquor License for Restaurants, Hotels, Clubs Carnival License - 2 and Retail Package Stores 84 Coin-Operated Machine License 13 Malt and Wine Farmer Brewery License -1 Pool Table License - 1 Farmer Winery License - 1 1 One-day Liquor License for events held at the 9 various function halls throughout town 63 Taxi Cab Company Permit 2 Common Victualer Restaurant License 147 Taxi Cab License - 44 - 7 Livery License 3 Lodging House License - 12 Class I, II, III Auto Dealers License. New/Used/Junk Car Dealers Respectfully submitted, Class I 6 Maryellen Rupp, Licensing Administrator Class II 34 General Government46 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report FINANCE CFO|TA|T/TC HIEF INANCIAL FFICER OWN CCOUNTANT REASURERAX OLLECTOR BA|P|RS OARD OF SSESSORS URCHASING ETIREMENT YSTEM CFO HIEF INANCIAL FFICER Memorial Building, Room 127 | 508-532-5425 | office.cfo@framinghamma.gov The Office of the Chief Financial Officer has investment; and make this plan sustainable. both financial and policy duties. It is staffed The FY15 budget, passed in May of 2014 by the Chief Financial Officer, Assistant Chief accomplished year one of this plan. The Town Financial Officer and the Financial Analyst. continued advancements in both the pension The Office administers Town finances with and OPEB unfunded liabilities. While Chapter the assistance of three departments that have 70 aid continues to underfund education direct responsibility for financial management mandates, the Town budget continues to of Town government: the Assessing invest in Framingham School District Department is responsible for the valuation of improvement, funding not only level services real and personal property and the assessment but $2.1 million for district improvements. of taxes against these parcels and accounts. The Office of the Treasurer/Collector is The Long Range Forecast indicates that responsible for the collection of all town expenditure growth still exceeds revenue revenues, the investment of all revenues, and growth, but the trend is slowing due to cost containment efforts. The Town must still live Accounting Department maintains the within its means. Health insurance has been transferred to the state Group Insurance financial management information, processes commission, saving an estimated $18 million Town-wide employee payroll, directs all audit over the next three years. This also reduces activity and reviews compliance with internal controls. Office is committed to responsible financial management which is critical to the forward The Office of the Chief Financial Officer is . progress of the Town directly responsible for the development and management of the annual operating and The Finance Division has published and capital budgets. The CFO is also required to presented financial information in more file a long term forecast for strategic planning flexible decision-making formats and posted these reports on the Town website. Calendar year 2014 saw the beginning of a three year budget model FY15-17. This in purchasing a more interactive and dynamic model will accomplish a number of Town- financial software buying the capital module wide policy and financial goals: set the levy of Questica Budget. The FY17 budget will be increase at 1.25%, half the allowable increase; developed using this software. moderate residential tax bills, maintain the residential/ commercial tax burden shares at The CFO would like to thank the Assistant 60/40%; fund our most important spending CFO, Jennifer Pratt; Richard G. Howarth, Jr. priorities; prepare for a major School building and his staff in the Accounting Department, 47 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report William Naser and his staff in the Assessing Respectfully submitted, Office, Carolyn Lyons and her staff in the Office of the Treasurer/Collector, Amy Mary Ellen Kelley Putney in the Purchasing Department, and Chief Financial Officer Margaret Ottaviani our financial analyst. These are dedicated financial professionals who provide excellent stewardship over the TA OWN CCOUNTANT Memorial Building, Room 205| 508-532-5410 |town.accountant@framinghamma.gov The Office of the Town Accountant is Earnings: $3,220,979, Water Enterprise Fund responsible for insuring that all expenditures Retained Earnings $4,325,300. These available of the Town conform to the requirements of funds represent unrestricted surpluses that are Massachusetts General Laws, Town Meeting available for appropriation by Town Meeting. appropriations and grantors, and do not They are generated from positive operating exceed Town Meeting appropriations or grant results in relation to the budget; that is, they authorizations. The Office also accounts for are derived from annual receipts in excess of all financial transactions of the Town budget estimates and expenditures less than receipts, expenditures and payroll in the appropriations authorized by Town conformance with generally accepted Meeting. accounting principles and the Uniform Municipal Accounting System promulgated by For Fiscal Year 2014, the Department processed over 13,900 purchase orders, Department of Revenue. It then makes this reviewed over 45,700 invoices and issued over accounting information available to (1) the 17,700 accounts payable checks. facilitate their management of program The top ten vendors paid during Fiscal 2014 budgets, (2) independent auditors who must are as follows: opine on the financial condition of the Town; (3) state and federal agencies for use in US Bank $76,452,735 generating financial information for program Blue Cross/Blue Shield 41,416,651 and policy development, and, (4) credit rating Framingham Retirement 11,273,629 Keefe Technical School 8,281,854 fiscal stability and creditworthiness and Durham School Services LP 5,381,853 Residents. J H Lynch & Sons 5,048,566 Accept Ed Collaborative 3,239,914 The June 30, 2014 (FY14) balance sheet was Albanese D & S Inc 2,890,583 submitted to the DOR on October 2, 2013, Defelice Corp 2,085,861 for certification of available funds. On Beta Group Inc 1,930,879 October 15, 2014 the DOR certified the following amounts as available for I would like to thank all the departments who appropriation: General Fund Free Cash: have assisted us during the past year. $11,761,832, Sewer Enterprise Fund Retained 48 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report I would like to recognize the invaluable William Naser, Technology Services Director efforts of the members of the staff, Assistant Carly Premo Melo and their staffs for their Town Accountant Nancy Lomas, Payroll guidance and assistance during the past year. Administrator Dawn Divito, Shirley Tibbert, Nicole Towle, Lynn Martin, Louisa Caswell Your obedient servant and Janine Ablondi. Richard G. Howarth, Jr. Town Accountant I would like to especially thank CFO Mary Ellen Kelley, Assistant CFO Jennifer Pratt, Prior Treasurer Steven Price, Current Treasurer Carolyn Lyons, Chief Assessor 49 Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report T/TC REASURERAX OLLECTOR Memorial Building, Room 109| 508-532-5430 |treasurer@framinghamma.gov Carolyn Lyons, Treasurer/Collector Cindi Natoli, Fiscal Supervisor Rajni Sharma, Payroll Fiscal Supervisor Ross Netherton, Office Coordinator Daphney Bernier, Office Manager Robin Nemeth, Administrative Assistant II Sara Beth Jerome, Customer Service Representative Fiscal Year 2014 has been a good but busy bank rates remain low, we continue to year in the Treasurer/Collectors Office. This monitor the bank rates to maximize our department has worked diligently to meet the earnings requirements of the laws, and the needs of all the residents. We are an office of eight employees that strive Rating Service. This rating is the third highest to provide the best customer service and essential municipal service to our residents BANs at MIG1 which is the highest rating for and taxpayers. As always, I am indebted to my short term borrowing instru staff for the first-class job they do on my states our strengths are the sizeable and behalf as well as for the Town of diverse tax base which is located on major Framingham. transportation routes, improved reserve levels and a history of structurally balanced Annual collection amounts and percentages operations. were as follows: real estate taxes collected totaled $ 154,140,262.83 (98%) and personal The Town issued a bond anticipation note property taxes were $9,291,859.78 (99%). (BAN) in 2014 , awarded to TD Securities, in Excise tax collections totaled $5,850,834.50 the amount of $20,967.117, with a net interest (88%). Excise tax is collected on a calendar- rate (NIC) of .1747% including a premium year basis, which is reflected in the lower of $172,559.38 collection percentage. Tax title collections were $1,440,547.17, we have continued to The Town issued a bond for $20,974,000 work hard on the collection of delinquent awarded to Raymond James and Associates. taxes and to work with these residents in The interest rate (TIC) was 2.855% including resolving the issues they have faced which put a premium of $172,559.38. Additionally, the them into Tax Title. We have implemented Town has financed $2,668,892 and $3,515,998 the use of credit/debit card swipe machines in with an interest rate of 2% through the Mass our office and continue to promote our web Clean Water Trust. based online biller and payment services in the Tax Collectors Office, to improve Per Town by-Law, the Treasurer reports the customer service. Earnings on general fund information regarding authorizeddebt which investments for the year totaling $77,730.09 is included in the schedules following this were slightly below budget. Even though the report. The first schedule showswhat is Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report authorized and un-issued as of June 30, 2014. Department, CFO Office, Payroll and The second schedule shows the debt issued Technology Services for all the help they have and outstanding during Fiscal Year 2014. given us over this year. I would like to thank my staff for their hard Respectfully, work and professionalism. I would also like to Carolyn Lyons, Treasurer/Collector thank the Accounting Department, Assessors Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report BA OARD OF SSESSORS Memorial Building, Room 101 | 508-532-5415 | assessing@framinghamma.gov GENERAL SCOPE AND FUNCTION FISCAL YEAR 2014 Interim Year Value The Department of the Board of Assessors is Adjustments comprised of three appointed members, and nine full time staff employees: Chief Assessor, Fiscal year 2014 was an Interim Year for the Administrative Assessor, Office Manager, Town of Framingham. four Field Assessors and two Customer Service Representatives. The Assessing Department is required to do the following during this type of reassessment The Office of the Board of Assessors is a for this type of fiscal year: value-based department. The Assessors are primarily responsible for determining the full Real Property - Review, analyze, and if and fair cash value of all real and personal necessary, adjust current value assessment property within the municipality. levels, using primary source data such as sales within the town for residential properties, Other duties of the Department include: and sales and income and expense administer motor vehicle excise tax, compile information returns for commercial and and submit the annual Tax Rate industrial property. Review of secondary Recapitulation to the Department of Revenue source data is also used. Secondary sources in conjunction with the Town Accountant, are local builders, local real estate agents, abate/exempt/ or defer taxes, defend subscription services, and sale and established values on abatement applications assessment information from other towns or and at Appellate Tax Board hearings, maintain cities. Personal Property Review, analyze, and overlay reserve account (an account adjust asset values based on Form of List established to fund abatements, exemptions, asset returns, and Department of Revenue and unpaid taxes for the respective fiscal recommended values depending on the year). property type. Tax law intends for each taxpayer to pay an This type of town valuation occurs for two equitable share of the tax burden in consecutive years. The third year in the cycle proportion to the value of the property or is known as a Triennial Certification year. asset. This is known as ad valorem tax, or Each municipality in the Commonwealth of according to value tax. Massachusetts has this same three year cycle; however, towns are staggered per DOR It is important to note that Assessors do not schedule. Assessors review market raise or lower taxes, nor do the Assessors set information and adjust values according. rate of taxation (tax rate). These Consequently, one of the main duties of the determinations are made with the assistance Bureau of Local Assessment is to review and of assessment values, but are decisions made recertify each municipality's property values outside of the scope of the Assessing once every three years to ensure that values Department. are at full and fair market value, and uniform and industry standards are meeting or Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report exceeding Department of Revenue assessment condition, replacement cost new, year standards. purchased and asset depreciation schedule. TAX RATE SUMMARY residential properties are generally valued The total amount to be raised through and adjusted based upon market sales that taxation (tax levy) is calculated after all other occurred in calendar year 2012. sources of revenue and total expenses for the commercial & industrial properties are town are known. The levy for fiscal year 2014 generally valued and adjusted based upon was $170,290,441.94. The Department of the following: market rental income, market Revenue approved the following tax rates: rental expense, market vacancy rates, and $18.29 per 1000 of value for residential area income capitalization rates in calendar properties, and $40.92 per 1000 of value for year 2012. commercial, industrial and personal property personal property is generally valued and properties. adjusted based upon: asset description, Fiscal Year 2014 Classification Summary CLASSIFICATION VALUATION TAX LEVY PERCENT DOLLARS CLASS 1 - 5,569,402,378 $101,864,369.49 59.82% Residential CLASS 2 - 0 0 0.00% Open Space CLASS 3 - 1,200,300,512 $49,116,296.95 28.84% Commercial CLASS 4 - 244,817,100 $10,017,915.73 5.88% Industrial CLASS5 - 227,073,797 $9,291,859.77 5.46% Personal Property TOTAL 7,241,593,787 $170,290,441.94 100.00% Note: The total dollar amount needed to meet town spending was $280,881,394 for FY2014. The tax levy portion is $170,290,441 or 61%. The other 39% of the amount needed is obtained through state reimbursements and distributions, local receipts, free cash, and other revenue sources. SUMMARY Residential at $18.29/1000 Commercial/ Industrial/ersonal $40.92/1000 Real Estate The real estate market in Framingham saw stability in values in FY2014. Residential, commercial and industrial values remained Other items stable, with minor overall class adjustments. Motor Vehicle Excise Tax: 291,410,080 in A public hearing was held on December 3, value, $7,285,252 in tax dollars 2013 in which the Board of Selectman chose a Real Estate Tax Exemptions granted: dual tax rate with a tax shift away from the 321 applications, $227,813.00 in tax residential base and onto the commercial, dollars. industrial, and personal tax base. The Real Estate Tax Deferrals granted: Department of Revenue then approved the 15 applications, $71,981.85 in tax dollars following: Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Property values, tax assessment maps, and assessing department can be found on the town website (www.framinghamma.gov) Please feel free to call, email, or visit the office if you have any questions regarding your property value or the assessment process in general. Respectfully submitted, William G. Naser, MAA Chief Assessor Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report P URCHASING Memorial Building, Room 123| 508-532-5405 |purchasing@framinghamma.gov The Purchasing Department seeks to identify advertises larger procurement opportunities the best overall value when expending public locally and in the Commonwealth of funds for goods and services. The Massachusetts Central Register. The Department ensures that purchases are made Department is currently staffed within the in accordance with local bylaws and in Finance Division by Amy Putney, compliance with procurement statutes of the Procurement Administrator and a part-time Commonwealth. Purchasing has worked Procurement Administrative Assistant. closely with Town and School departments to Jennifer Pratt, Assistant Chief Financial produce invitation for bids for a multitude of Officer also serves as the Chief Procurement projects ranging from improvements made to Officer. Cushing Park to the purchase of a Fire Pumper for the Fire Department to School In the coming year, the Purchasing Department building upgrades and Department will continue to seek out the best maintenance contracts. available pricing, including leveraging our options and selectively participating in Routine contracts were awarded for the purchasing consortia. The Purchasing School Department lunch commodities (e.g., Department will continue to conduct due bread, milk, other food supplies), for Parks & diligence on every major purchase in order to Recreation landscaping materials, and for get the best value for taxpayer dollars. various internal services, such as, elevator maintenance and cleaning contracts. Jennifer A. Pratt The Purchasing Department posts all Assistant Chief Financial Officer invitations for bid on the Town's website and Chief Procurement Officer RS ETIREMENT YSTEM Memorial Building, Room B31| 508-532-5465 |reg@framinghamma.gov The Framingham Retirement System is a Sovereign Bank and MMDT member of the Massachusetts Contributory Pension Reserve Investment Trust Retirement System, governed by Chapter 32 $ 243,613,104 of the Massachusetts General Laws, and is Total Assets on 12/31/2013 managed by a five member Retirement Board $ 243,815,884 which consists of: Membership in the Retirement System: Richard G. Howarth, Jr. Active members 1130 Town Accountant-Ex-officio Member Inactive members 270 Mary Ellen Kelley, CFO Retired members & beneficiaries 767 Selectmen Appointee Total Membership 2167 Peter J. Rovinelli -- Elected Member Joseph A. Fonseca -- Elected Member Respectfully Submitted, John W. White, Jr.--Board Member Appointee Laurie A. Lizak, Director Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report   Ƭ   P| F| BH| IS OLICE IRE OARD OF EALTH NSPECTIONAL ERVICES PD OLICE EPARTMENT 1 William H. Welch Way| 508-532-5906 |kmf@framinghamma.gov A MESSAGE FROM CHIEF Without delay we began to examine, strengthen, and promote collaborative FERGUSON relationships between our department and the community we are entrusted to protect and serve. Already having a healthy relationship with Reverend Dr. J Anthony Lloyd and the Greater Framingham Community Church, we worked with Reverend Lloyd, members of his church, and key community stakeholders to facilitate a panel discussion with area police chiefs and members of the African-American community. This team also established a Framingham Coming 2014 has been a challenging year for police organizations nationally, regionally, to exchange ideas and share stories and locally. The fatal shootings and around the violence and loss of life related incidents in Ferguson, Cleveland, around the country. This unity was to New York, and elsewhere have put police organizations and the results of their actions front and center in the national news. These incidents have uncovered In the Department we will concentrate on breaches in the relationships between maintaining and expanding a work local police and the communities they environment that fosters healthy serve; distrust exists between too many relationships between officers. We will police departments and too many enhance lines of communication communities. Trust between law throughout the organization. We will enforcement agencies and the people they promote an atmosphere of mutual respect serve is crucial in our society. It is one of and support at all levels of the the keys to the stability and strength of organization. Officers who feel respected our communities. by their organizations will likely bring this respect into their interactions with the In Framingham we immediately began to citizens in the community they serve use these tragic and unfortunate incidents as an opportunity to learn and grow. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report As a law enforcement organization in the rights of all during police encounters. Town of Framingham we will focus on Research and data collection are essential enhancing our legitimacy and strengthening our relationships with the in our organization and our community, people we have sworn to protect and which policing methods are effective, and serve. We will continue to institutionalize which ones may have unintended community trust- building activities consequences. throughout the agency. People will obey the law when they believe that those As a law enforcement organization we enforcing it have legitimate authority to were fortunate enough to be recently police them. The public grants legitimacy funded by the Town to hire a crime only to those whom they believe are analyst. Nicole Debonet started with the acting in procedurally just ways. We will Framingham Police Department in treat all people with dignity and respect, October, 2014 and her expertise has been take the time to actively listen to people a valuable addition to us, enhancing our during encounters, be objective and effectiveness and efficiency, and transparent during decision-making, and strengthening our relationships with our convey trustworthy motives. community partners. We recognize that all people have As your law enforcement agency, we will work to advance our technological encounters. These preconceptions effect capacity and continually improve our how one may react when dealing with social media outlets. Technology can unfamiliar people or incidents. As a law enhance policing practices and improve enforcement organization we will community trust and legitimacy. continually train to alleviate implicit Improving current technologies and biases, the biases people are not aware employing new technologies offers us they have, at all levels of the organization. another opportunity to engage and We will work to increase awareness and educate our communities on public safety ensure respectful encounters inside our issues. This year we would not have organization and within our communities. excelled in this area if it was not for the support and guidance of our Director of We will strive to adopt, implement, and Technology Services Carly Premo Melo, clearly communicate policies that our Public Information Officer Nicole represent our organizational and Figueiredo, and our Commander of community values. All policies require Administrative Services Lieutenant continual oversight, but the policy on Stephen Cronin. Additionally, we were which the Framingham Police able to hire a Technology Manager for our Department maintains the highest level of organization. In December, 2014 Daryl evaluation and review is use of force. Our Valovcin started as our policy on the use of force will be clearly Technology/Records Manager and his stated, evidence-based, continually expertise has been beneficial to us in reviewed and trained on, and transparent. attaining and enhancing our technological goals. We will continue to implement and improve organizational accountability and The Framingham Police Department has data collection methods as one means of been a community policing department keeping people safe and protecting the for many years. Community policing is an Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report organizational philosophy that promotes support we have surveyed and interviewed strategies that support the systematic use department employees, identified of partnerships and problem-solving concerning organizational issues, techniques to proactively address crime, disseminated survey results, conducted disorder, and unhealthy quality of life focus groups to discuss and address issues. We regularly engage in problem-issues, and have developed and solving activities internally and with our implemented programs and initiatives to community partners in response to enhance the organizational health of our locations, people, and incidents of Department. We will continue to work in concern. In 2014 we experienced a 13% this area and be guided by the famous decrease in part one crimes in comparison to 2013. Sincerely, During the year our officers and Chief Ken Ferguson employees participated in approximately forty community meetings and Emergency Management interventions throughout the town. Our Framingham Emergency Management success is an example of the importance Agency (FrEMA) directs all emergency of community policing and we will management operations in the Town of continue to grow and improve in this area. Framingham. Emergency management is Much of our effectiveness has been the the preparedness, mitigation, response and result of town and community initiatives recovery of both naturally occurring working in unison with the common goal events like blizzards, ice storms, of ensuring that Framingham is a safe and hurricanes, flooding or earthquakes as well health place to live, raise a family, work as any man-made disasters such as and visit. chemical spills, fires, transportation events and acts of terrorism. Framingham Officer safety and wellness continue to be Emergency Management has worked a priority for our organization. The extensively under its current structure to wellness and safety of law enforcement create planning groups, exercise response officers is not only critical to themselves, activities, secure funding from grants and their peers, and our agency, but also to state and federal sources and expand public safety. The sustained health and participation in this municipal function. wellness of our people is directly related to our success and effectiveness. Law FrEMA, in concert with Framingham enforcement officers deal with risk and department of public works and the tragedy on a regular basis. We recognize Northeast Homeland Security Regional that physical and psychological injuries Advisory Council, also operates an can reduce a law enforcement emergency equipment cache located at Framingham DPW. This cache is one of only three in the State and will be used to In 2014 we enlisted the assistance of disperse equipment and supplies during experts in the areas of exercise, nutrition, emergencies. FrEMA, in conjunction and organizational health. One of the with state and federal authorities, subject matter experts who continue to prepares, administers and implements assist us is Dr. Gerald Sweet, a highly experienced police psychologist. Through Emergency Management Plan) as well as Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report the federal mandated NIMSCAST. In Revenue 2007 the entire CEMP was rewritten and The Framingham Police Department printed; this is the first time since 1997. generates monies through the issuance of licenses and permits, administration fees In 2010 Framingham also joined five and fines from parking and traffic other communities (Ashland, Natick, citations. This revenue is not entered into Holliston, Hopkinton and Sherborn) to form the Metrowest Regional Emergency general fund. Revenues are as follows: Planning Committee. Billable Activity FY12 FY13 FY14 In 2012 FrEMA took delivery of a brand 111F/Recovery $100 $46,065 $37,194 new mobile command post, this vehicle is Alarms $69,320 $79,975 $59,643 outfitted with the latest technology for Court Fines $103,446 $94,837 $99,265 crimes scenes, natural disasters and planned events. The vehicle has a Detail Admin Fee $141,658 $175,876 $120,031 conference room, 3 dispatch areas, hard Finger Prints $1,710 $1,590 $1,150 wired telephones, weather station, 40 foot boom with camera and specialized scene Hackney Licenses $4,080 $2,165 $2,940 lighting. The vehicle is operated by a nine M/V Fines $122,255 $87,525 $130,050 member emergency management strike Marijuana Fines $3,400 $3,400 $2,200 team. Framingham will continue to be a leader in the ever increasing role of Misc. Revenues $7,909 $0 $8,400 emergency management in a post-911 era, Parking Fines $220,637 $208,520 $213,255 roles and responsibilities are increasing Permits to Carry $8,912 $12,812 $11,400 and the Town will need to recognize the value of emergency preparedness. Photos $25 $0 $27 Report Fees $8,962 $6,583 $8,105 The mobile command post was deployed Subpoenas $38 $85 $51 several times in 2014 most notably during the Boston Marathon. Tow Fees $23,560 $25,877 $25,584 Cruiser Detail Fee $0 $50,180 $88,904 In 2013 FrEMA also began another Liquor Server $0 $7,580 $0 innovative program Smart911, working with a local company Rave. This program Auction $0 $169 $3.80 gives citizens the ability to share Non-Recur Rev $0 $374 $7,565 information that will be displayed on the Total $716,012 $803,616 $815,768 dispatchers screen when the citizen dials 911. This service is free to the citizen and can be accessed at www.smart911.com. Auxiliary Police The 20 dedicated men and women of the The Director of FrEMA is Deputy Police Framingham Auxiliary Police completed Chief Steve Trask with 3 Asst. Emergency another outstanding year of service for the Mgt. Directors; Asst. Fire Chief John community. For the past 72 years, the Magri, Police Lt. Blaise Tersoni and Police Auxiliary Police have been an active and Lt. Mike Siaba vital component of the Police Department. 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham The Auxiliary Police, under the guidance 2014. There are a significant number of of Auxiliary Captain Marc Spigel, have a persons with a mental illness each month well-defined training program in which that the Framingham officers recommend officers attend an academy for reserve for diversion to a community based police officers; and are trained in first mental health treatment. During 2014, 105 responder first aid and CPR/AED. unnecessary arrests were diverted by Annually the Auxiliary Officers keep their Framingham JDP. A secondary outcome skills and certification current with field and in-service training. The result is a on-scene assessments is diversion from professional Auxiliary Police Organization costly admissions to hospital E.R.s. that stands ready to assist this department. Without immediate access to trained clinicians, police officers often choose to During the year, the Auxiliary Officers direct the individual to the Framingham volunteer countless hours of their time to E.R. for an assessment (usually by help make Framingham a better place to ambulance). The 76 diversions from the live and work. Framingham E.R. resulted from the on- scene JDP response. Research shows that You can see some of their volunteer having trained clinicians accompanying efforts in action at community events officers on calls involving individuals with such as Boston Marathon, National Night a mental illness, makes good fiscal sense. out, World Cup Celebrations, Concerts on the Green, charitable road races, and child Animal Control Department safety programs. As part of the Animal Control Department Framingham Emergency Management 50 Western Avenue Agency, Auxiliary Police Officers provide 508-532-5870 assistance at the Emergency Operations Fax 508-620-4872 Center and emergency shelters as needed, Animal.control@framinghamma.gov and are trained in the National Incident Management System. Staff: Katherine J. MacKenzie, Director of Jail Diversion Program Animal Control, Massachusetts Municipal The Framingham JDP program (operating Animal Inspector since 2003) partners their clinicians from Advocates Inc. with officers from the William C. Sage, Animal Control Officer, Framingham Police Department. The Massachusetts Municipal Animal primary goal of the program is to re-direct Inspector appropriate non-violent offenders out of the criminal justice system and into Joseph R. Shepard, PT Animal Control community and an appropriate mental Officer, Massachusetts Municipal Animal health/substance abuse treatment). Inspector . There were 950 psychiatric assessments referred to the Framingham JDP during Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report The Framingham Animal Control Domestic mammals which come in Department is staffed by 2 full-time and 1 contact with, or are otherwise exposed to part-time Certified Animal Control the rabies virus must first be assessed to Officers. The Animal Control Officers determine severity of risk. Depending on provide service to the citizens of the vaccination status of the domestic Framingham. The Animal Control mammal involved, it will be either Officers care for the animals held by the quarantined or destroyed. department 365 days a year. Animal Control Officers work both in the field Any domestic mammal which bites a and in the office, managing calls for human or another domestic mammal service, complaints and inquiries. Animal must be quarantined for a period of ten Control Officers prepare reports and days to determine the risk of rabies appear in court as needed. The Animal transmission. The Animal Inspector must Control Department does not employ ensure that all animals (wild or domestic) office or kennel staff. In addition to which must be tested for rabies are regular shifts, Animal Control Officers are captured and euthanized. The head must available for after hour emergencies. be removed, packaged properly and submitted to the State Rabies Lab for Framingham Animal Control Officers testing. work cooperatively with outside agencies such as the Massachusetts Department of The Animal Control Officers fielded and Fish and Wildlife, Massachusetts responded to more than 4,715 calls in Department of Environmental Police, 2014. More than 673 calls regarding Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, wildlife were addressed by the Officers. Division of Animal Health, the The calls ranged from injured birds to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention roaming coyotes. The officers provide a of Cruelty to Animals and the Animal wealth of information and resources to Rescue League of Boston. The the public regarding living with wildlife. Massachusetts Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health appoints the More than 1,250 calls regarding canines municipal animal inspectors. The primary and 276 calls regarding felines were duty of the Animal Inspector has recently fielded and responded to by the Animal become rabies control in the domestic Control Officers. animal population. A total of over 2,530 calls for hearing Municipal Animal Inspectors are also requests, quarantines, administrative calls, responsible for livestock inspections and Police, Fire and Board of Health assists may be called to assist with domestic were addressed by the Officers. These animal disease quarantines in the event of numbers do not include requests made via an outbreak. Livestock inspections are email. The majority of calls come directly designed to get a good census of the to the Animal Control Department and domestic animal population of the town, are answered live or by voice mail. be sure that all of the animals appear to be Emergency calls are dispatched directly by in good health and free from disease and the Framingham Police Dispatchers. observe animal housing and ensure ample food and water are supplied. Respectfully submitted, Katherine J. MacKenzie Director of Animal Control Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report FD IRE EPARTMENT 10 Loring Drive| 508-532-5930 |gtd@framinghamma.gov Chief Officers Gary T. Daugherty, Chief John C. Magri, Assistant Chief Fire Prevention Joseph C. Hicks, Fire Marshal Randy S. Smith, Assistant Fire Marshal Jerome Farias, Inspector Richard Zontini, Inspector Dana Haagensen, Fire Protection Engineer Training Captain: Mark Leporati, Captain Office Staff: Mission Statement: The Framingham Fire Department is an organization of dedicated professionals who are committed to protecting the citizens of Framingham from loss of life and property caused by the ravages of fire, and to respond in a quick and efficient manner to medical emergencies. Through fire prevention education, our mission is to prevent disastrous incidents from occurring and to minimize damage to life, property, and the environment. In addition to fire suppression duties, this Department responds to medical emergencies, hazardous material incidents, water problems, and other calls for assistance. The Fire Prevention Division provides safety education, code enforcement, plan review, and inspections. We are committed to delivering these services through proper staffing strategically placed through the community and to do so in a cost effective manner. Personnel/158: Chief 1 1 Assistant Chief Deputies 4 Fire Marshal 1 1 Assistant Fire Marshal Training Officer 1 8 Captains Lieutenants 24 108 Firefighters The Framingham Fire Department Civilians 9 experienced numerous changes in 2014 caused by the retirement of fourteen (14) members, twelve (12) promotions, seven (7) new hires and two (2) military 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham deployments. The annual report of the Framingham Fire Department for the year Total Alarms: ending December 31, 2014 is as follows: The Framingham Fire Department responded to a total of 9,555 emergency Retirements: calls in 2014. Firefighter Michael Tucci Firefighter Michael Eden Emergency Responses 9,555 Firefighter Robert Delaney Emergency Responses 9,555 Non-Emergency Responses 6,072 Lieutenant Peter Rovinelli Non-Emergency Responses 6,072 Total Responses: 15,627 Firefighter Paul Antonio Total Responses: 15,627 Firefighter Robert Moro Firefighter Antonio Sebastiao HIGHLIGHTS IN REVIEW: Lieutenant John Ward The Framingham Fire Department Firefighter Scott Studley provides Fire, Rescue and Emergency Medical Services to those who live, work Lieutenant Robert Foley and travel through the community. Firefighter Christopher Jones Calendar year 2014 was another busy year Captain Paul Barlow for the Framingham Fire Department. Firefighter Joseph Keefe We responded to over 9,555 emergency 9- Inspector Todd Young (resigned) 1-1 calls. In addition, the department handled an excess of 6,000 additional calls Military Deployments: for non-emergent assistance and Firefighter Stephanie Hurley inspections. Firefighter Chris Carvalho th January 17- Firefighters Luis Alvarez, New Hires: Guilherme Barroso, Matthew Brown, Firefighter Joseph Curtis Brendon Dobson and Remy Gassel Firefighter Jose Campos graduated from the Recruit Training Firefighter Tyler Easson Program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Firefighter Jose Funes Academy. Firefighter Steven Jones Firefighter Eder Martinez th February 19 The department Firefighter Stephen Warren responded to a barn collapse at Eastleigh Farms where a number of cows were Promotions: trapped. The department successfully Captain Brian Connolly rescued at least 6 cows from under the T/Captain Robert Jones collapsed building. Unfortunately several Lieutenant Ryan Sullivan other animals were too seriously injured to Lieutenant James Ahearn survive the ordeal. Lieutenant Jose Delgado Lieutenant Robert Morrison th February 28 - Firefighters Stephanie Lieutenant Chad Boylan Grzelak, Roberto Lopez, Chad Sexton, Lieutenant John Marston Joel Sexton and Firefighter Mark Stefanini P/Lieutenant Felix Torres graduated from the Recruit Training P/Lieutenant Paul King Program at the Massachusetts Firefighting P/Lieutenant Tim Campion Academy. Inspector Jerome Farias 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham th August 5 Department participated in March 1st - The Guns and Hoses annual National Night Out which was held at Hockey Tournament between the Fire and Cushing Park. Police Departments resulted in the th Tournament Cup filling the vacant spot in September 11 - The department the Fire Department Trophy Case created mustered at Cushing Park to again pay homage to those who lost their lives in the tragic events on September 11, 2001. March 3, 2014 Fire Department took th delivery of a new 1500 gpm Pumper October 12 Lieutenant Brian Connolly which was assigned to Engine Co. 1 was promoted to the rank of Captain. located at the Route 9 station. th December 4- We received notification th April 15 Firefighter Jerome Farias was from Massachusetts Department of appointed to the position of Fire Human Resources\Civil Service, that the Inspector. department had met its hiring requirements under the Beecher Consent st April 21 -We provided on-course Decree Ruling and we were released from support for the Boston Marathon the consent. The department was under Runners. Thankfully, the race was the consent for almost 40 years. uneventful in comparison to the events During this past year, the Fire that unfolded during the race in 2013. Department hired 7 new members in 2014. th April 25 The department began th carrying Narcan on the apparatus to be December 19 - Firefighters Jose Funes, used when treating Heroin overdoses, Steven Jones, Eder Martinez and Stephen thus becoming one of the first fire Warren graduated from the Recruit departments in the state to do so. Training Program at the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. st June 1 Firefighters James Ahearn, Chad Boylan, Jose Delgado, John Marston, We were successful in obtaining some Robert Morrison and Kevin Sullivan were outside funding through grant awards all promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. from the Federal Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, th June 13 - Firefighters Oscar Alvarez and Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Edward Rokes graduated from the Recruit Safety and Massachusetts Department of Training Program at the Massachusetts Fire Safety and will continue to seek Firefighting Academy. additional outside revenue sources and grants. Some of these grants are listed th July 10 We received the sad news that below: recently r had passed away. SAFE-Student Awareness of Fire Educations: $6,300.00 public th July 18- Firefighters James Galante and safety education Christopher Jack graduated from the MDU-Mobile Decontamination Recruit Training Program at the Unit: $3,000.00: training and Massachusetts Firefighting Academy. maintenance of state De-Con Unit Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report The department is fortunate to have are responsible for enforcing fire codes, firefighters who serve in the Armed issuing permits, conducting inspections, Services and the Town and Department testing fire protection systems, reviewing provide assistance and support to the plans, investigating fire causes and families of these military members when conducting fire safety presentations. The they are deployed for active combat duty; fire prevention staff are active participants many thanks to those who have served on and regularly attend training with the our behalf. Massachusetts Department of Fire Services, Massachusetts Fire Prevention The operation of the Fire Department is Association and Massachusetts Chapter of large and complex. We do more than International Arson Investigators the to simply respond to fires, rescues and ensure a consistent and informed medical emergencies. Because some of approach in conducting business. the incidents we encounter are larger or more technical than the resources readily The Fire Marshal is responsible for the available to the fire department, we work day-to-day operation of the Fire collaboratively with various departments Prevention Division. He is responsible and agencies both in and outside the for conducting fire investigations and town. Some of these collaborations coordinating activities between the include: Framingham Police Department and the responsibilities include fire safety Unified Fire and Police Fire presentations for students, citizens groups Investigation Unit (FIU). and group residences. The Marshal Fire District #14 Regional collaborates on a regular basis with other Technical Rescue Operations. town departments to assist in the planning Fire District #14 Collaborative Dive and Underwater Recovery prevention responsibilities the Fire Unit. Marshal sits on the Traffic and Roadway State Wide Hazardous Materials Safety Committee and is a member of the Response. MassachusettsEmergency and Interdisciplinary Community Support Management Agency. Team. Regional Emergency Planning Committee (REPC). The Assistant Marshal fills in for the Marshal in his absence and assists with his With an uncertain economy, we will responsibilities. The Assistant Marshal continue to strive to be even more handles all licensing matters such as creative in the way services are delivered, flammable storage, hazardous material doing more with less while at the same storage, underground storage tanks and time maintaining the core mission of the license-related occupancy inspections. He department. is responsible for fueling station fire suppression acceptance tests and : DIVISION inspections. The Division of Fire Prevention is comprised of the Fire Marshal, Assistant Each of the two Fire Inspectors is Fire Marshal, Fire Protection Engineer, responsible for a geographical area of the and two Fire Prevention Inspectors who Town to conduct the numerous Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report inspections required by state and local any of the continuing education hours codes. They also inspect and test fire that our members are taking. It is being protection systems for all new homes, recorded by the NREMT web site. new and remodeled commercial buildings Massachusetts is only the second State to and residential real estate sales to ensure merge with the requirements from the compliance with the fire code. The NREMT. There has been some confusion Inspectors work collaboratively with other on how Con Ed hours are being town departments to investigate and categorized and we are working it through handle complaints by citizens and other with the NREMT. It is a work in process. town departments to help assure the safety of the citizens residing, working and Framingham Fire Dept. instructed its visiting Framingham. members on the use of Naloxone Auto Injector for usage with Heroin Overdose. The Fire Protection Engineer is Through a Grant from the State we have responsible for reviewing and approving placed 2 sets of these auto injectors on all all construction plans. He also advises of our apparatus. and assists design professionals and contractors with code interpretation, Tourniquets and clotting agents used in compliance and acceptance testing. The major trauma incidents have been donated Fire Protection Engineer also reviews and by the Boston Marathon association and approves specialized permits such as placed on all the apparatus. hazardous materials processing and storage of flammable gases and solids. In FIRE Training addition to assisting with department Massachusetts Fire Academy presented to training in fire prevention and technical classes using computer simulators for matters he represents and advises the Emergency Vehicle Operation and Fire / owner on matters of fire protection and public safety. Presented our first New Fire T: Officer class for six newly RAINING Emergency Medical Services Training appointed Lieutenants. We are moving forward with the major changes in EMS. The MASS Emergency Hired 11 new Firefighters this Medical Technician (MAEMT) has year. Put them through our Basic merged with the National Registry of Skills 2 week course before they Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT). MAEMT no longer records 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham can attend the 9 week Mass Fire In addition to the regular duties of Academy. maintaining and installing the fire alarm and communication system, the Fire Alarm Division was also responsible for maintaining and repairing forty-four (44) traffic signals, three (3) 4-way flashing skills and procedures are needed signals, twenty-six (26) school zone signals when a Firefighter becomes The trapped and needs to be rescued. traffic signals controlling Grant and Clark We also use these skills when Streets were removed. The following is a rescuing Civilians trapped in a breakdown of traffic signal repairs: building on fire. With the use of Thermal Imaging Cameras (TIC) the process becomes quicker and68 calls for traffic signals not more efficient, in the case ofworking; multiple trapped Civilians and Firefighters. 8 calls for signal heads turned; Assisted Framingham. Police with 29 calls for re-lamping traffic signals; Presented a Trench Rescue Class & Drill in conjunction & 123 calls for changing of time, assistance with the DPW. checking preemption, Opticom, repair broken pedestrian buttons, FIREALARM repair knock downs, meetings The Fire Alarm Division is responsible for with contractors digging up roads the general maintenance of traffic signals, to mark underground pipes, controls, the municipal fire alarm system, meetings with contractors doing master boxes, street boxes and traffic signal improvements, underground and aerial cable. preventive maintenance and investigations. Nine (9) new master boxes were added in 2014. We now have a total of 928 boxes. 12 traffic signals knocked-down in motor vehicle accidents: 8 were The Fire Alarm Division is responsible for reported to the Police the general maintenance of traffic signals, Department, 4 were hit and run. controls, the municipal fire alarm system, The Fire Department is master boxes, street boxes and responsible for the cost of underground and aerial cable. replacing these knockdowns. Nine (9) new master boxes were added in 114 calls for school zone signals 2014. We now have a total of 928 boxes not working properly that required in service in strategic locations throughout time adjustments, new lamps and Framingham. Of the 928 boxes, 563 are new clock installations. This also master boxes that protect individual included time adjustments made at properties, and 356 are street boxes. the beginning and the end of the school year. 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham The Division installed approximately Total of 82 plan reviews 2,545 feet of new fire alarm cable for new master boxes and replacement of Total of 105 fire alarm inspections deteriorated cable. The following new master boxes were added in 67 pole transfers for Verizon were 2014: completed. Box # Location The Fire Alarm Division worked jointly 5231 35 Frederick Street with Fire Prevention in reviewing all fire 5234 47 Frederick Street alarm plans submitted to the Department. 487 24 Blandin Avenue In addition, the Division attended 1623 1292 Worcester Road meetings with contractors for new interior 3321 22 Waverly Street fire alarm installations and master box 543 15 Park Street locations. Both Fire Alarm and Fire 518 74 Concord Street Prevention worked together to perform 748 137 Newbury Street interior fire alarm system inspections in 747 740 Cochituate Road new and existing buildings. Total of 82 meetings : EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES American Medical Response (AMR) continues to provide Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to the Town of Framingham. Currently AMR is contracted to provide three Advanced Life Support (ALS) Paramedic level ambulances. Framingham has experienced a steady rise in medical calls as we responded to 6,774 calls for medical assistance in 2014. AMR provides Basic and Advanced Life Support training to Framingham Fire personnel at no additional cost to the Town of Framingham. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors Save Lives I would like to thank the Board of Selectmen, Town Manager, Town Meeting Members and Committees and the residents for the continued support that has been given to the Fire Department. Respectfully Submitted, Gary T. Daugherty, Sr., Chief Framingham Fire Department 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham FHD RAMINGHAM EALTH EPARTMENT Memorial Building, Room 221| 508-532-5470 |health@framinghamma.gov The Health Department staff is comprised needed community based public health of one (1) Full time Director of Public programs. Health, one Full time Deputy Director of The Board of Health consists of three (3) Public Health, 1 Full time Chief members that are appointed for three (3) Environmental Health Officer, four (4) year consecutive terms by the Town fulltime Sanitarians, three (3) part time Manager and the Board of Selectmen. Sanitarians, one (1) full time Public Health Nurse, one (1) Administrative Assistant, The Health Department conducts and one (1) Office Manager. numerous mandated inspections throughout the year according to local and The addition of the full time Sanitarian state mandates. These inspections include was in response to the ever increasing but are not limited to, food demands of the department to provide establishments, housing, body art inspections, write policy, and enforce establishments, tanning establishments other regulatory programs including but swimming pools whirlpools, beach testing, not limited to, Food, Housing, Pre-Rental, Bottled water regulations, Biotechnology Body Art, Pools, Camps, Wastewater, regulations, Recreational Camps, Title 5 Wells, and, Emergency Preparedness. In (onsite waste water) plan review and field addition, the addition of this position will inspections, tobacco control, 21 E allow the Director and Deputy Director hazardous waste inspections, animal of Public Health to purse town specific permitting, South Middlesex Opportunity and regional based Community Health Council (SMOC) group home and hotel Assessments (CHA) program and motel inspections. development, Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) development On occasion, the Health Department and implementation, Strategic Planning, must hold show cause administrative and other programs that require oversight. hearings and prepare cases for resolution The completion of the CHA, CHIP and in District Court. In 2014 Fifty-one (51) Strategic Plan will help position the food complaints and Two-Hundred Department to apply for national Twenty-Four (224) housing complaints accreditation and related grants. The were investigated. There were a total of Director continues work with department 1,346 inspections performed in 2014. That and municipal staff in pursing and represents an average of approximately applying for needed grants and academic 336 inspections per inspector. Orders to internship opportunities. correct, letters of no violation, and/or letters of abatement are issued for all Another focus of the Director of Public complaints. Health is fostering and developing needed inter-departmental programs aimed at bringing coordinated municipal services to the community, while engaging various community stakeholders in addressing 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham An additional facet of the Health remediation work and best available technology required to address various investigation, including, but not limited to, environmental health concerns. solid waste, dust, odors, noises, In 2014 the Health Department drafted rodents/vector control and general and implemented a Tobacco and other neighborhood conditions. Nicotine Delivery Products regulation to The town hired a Licensed Site address the respective ongoing and Professional (LSP) as its environmental potential community needs. As part of site assessment officer, to study onsite this regulation, the minimum purchasing hazardous waste site conditions at the age for tobacco products was increased to Framingham General Chemical 21.Additional regulatory and educational Corporation, Mary Dennison Park, and programs in the planning phase include a other hazardous waste sites in town. Pre-Construction Rodent Abatement Through the work of this employee, the regulation, Hazardous Material town was able to advocate for additional Registration, Food Establishment Person onsite environmental assessment activities in Charge (PIC) training, Swimming Pool to be conducted in order to ensure that Certificated Pool Operator refresher sufficient data is garnered to assure that training, Choke Safe training, Tanning optimal assessment of onsite conditions Establishment Operator training, Body are made. This will help assess the level of Art Establishment Operator training, and treatment, additional monitoring and bodyworks regulations. remediation that is needed to address The Health Department worked in onsite contamination. The LSP, also conjunction with the East Middlesex assists the Health Department, Town Mosquito Control Project (EMMCP) in Manager and the Economic Development planning larvicide, adulticide, aerial Department with ongoing 21E sites applications, and surveillance activity assessments in town in order to determine throughout the town. There were 14 current site conditions, assess needed 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham mosquitos tested for West Nile Virus The Health Department was also the (WNV) found in Framingham, but there recipient of the Prevention and Wellness were surrounding communities that did Trust Fund (PWTF) Grant. The PWTF test positive for WNV in their pools. This grant will earns the Health Department year there were 0 cases of Eastern Equine over $140k per year for the next three Encephalitis (EEE) Virus found in years. The PWTF is a collaborative of Framingham. As the result of the WNV four municipal health departments and EEE the town applied larvicide to (Hudson, Northborough, Marlborough, catch basins in order to control the and Framingham) and many community emergence of these viruses and adjust stakeholders known as the MetroWest plans accordingly to maintain Partnership (MWP). As one of only eight comprehensive intervention, education (8) grantees, the MWP will be at the and surveillance programs. forefront of National Prevention efforts in Asthma, Hypertension, Elder Falls, and The Health Department reviews Tobacco Use Cessation. numerous Planning Department Site plans in conjunction with other municipal The Health Department in conjunction department including but not limited to with the Fire, Police, Building and various Fire, Conservation. Police, Building and municipal officials, conduct monthly Economic and Community Development general nuisance surveys of areas Department. The Health Department neighborhoods in order to address the reviews these plans and provides concern of area residents regarding traffic, comments regarding hazardous waste quality of housing stock and general containment, noise, odor mitigation, the nuisance conditions. These need for Food Establishment permitting, Title V - onsite waste water (review) and communication channels establishment complete streets. with area residents via scheduled neighborhood community health The Town of Framingham, meetings. If necessary enforcement Northborough, Marlborough and Hudson actions include but not limited to, non- Planning Departments, Public Works and criminal ticketing and court complaints Health Departments partner in the are initiated to ensure compliance with regional Mass in Motion and Complete local nuisance regulations and state health Streets grant initiative. These initiatives building codes. are aimed at increasing physical activity, healthy dinning and access to walking and Public Health Nursing Services 2014: bike paths with scheduled improvements Nursing Hours are 8:30 5 Monday to streets and sidewalks in order to through Friday with clinic hours daily improve transportation and pedestrian 8:30-9:30am, 4-5 pm (last patient seen at mobility. These initiatives have been 4:45). deemed to be crucial to the development of needed programs and interventions Nursing Services include the following: that have been identified in the MetroWest Regional CHA which include but are not limited to, transportation and childhood, adult, public and school prevention of obesity. required. -borne Illness Investigation Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Influenza: Approximately 2500 influenza, Pneumonia, Hepatitis, Tetanus) pneumonia and adult whooping nicable Disease Investigationcough/tetanus vaccine doses were (Prevention/Control/Containment/Restodispensed in 2014. Framingham scheduled ration) its first flu clinic in October for family and school age children. This clinic was new arrivals) extremely successful. The Public Health Nurse partners with School Health and Tuberculosis cases and general oversight Medical Reserve Corps for influenza of Latent TB infected individuals. clinics. Clinics Camp Inspections: The nurse works with the Inspectional Division and supports reviews camps inspections with a review of staff, junior staff and camper forms for their health lodges/stations) health history and immunization requirements. The Nurse also inspects the Health Lodges for compliance with injury, and vaccinations. first aid and reporting requirements of camper illness or injury. Reserve Corps Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) The Immunizations: Approximately 4,000 Framingham MRC operates under the doses of vaccine were given at clinics, administration of the Board of Health and office visits, high-risk/outbreak control is a civilian volunteer group of local settings and employee health. The Health medical and non-medical residents who Department utilizes the Massachusetts are trained and ready to respond to Immunization Information System; MIIS; emergencies in the community. The an on-line registry system helpful in MRC uses MA Responds; a statewide vaccination tracking for individuals as well online registration system, for volunteer as stock, orders and inventory database and messaging management. As maintenance for the department. part of the emergency preparedness funding requirements, MRC volunteers Communicable Disease: The Public and Board of Health Staff took part in Health Nurse provides disease drills related to emergency preparedness, investigation, surveillance and case shelter management and helped staff all management with early and vital interventions for all communicable Districts/Region: The Framingham MRC diseases per 105 CMR 300.000. There is part of health and Homeland Security were 553 confirmed, suspect or probable Region 4A. MRC volunteers work under cases of reportable diseases representing a the direction of local health and safety 17.4% increase from 2013. The Nurse officials, and in collaboration with other uses MAVEN; Massachusetts Department local emergency response programs. of Public Health Virtual Epidemiological National: Framingham is a sentinel Network: an immediate electronic community for the CDC (Center for reporting network. Some diseases, such as Disease Control) for Emergency Lyme Disease, is not infections but the Preparedness and response. disease is tracked for Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report IS NSPECTIONAL ERVICES Memorial Building, Room 203| 508-532-5500 |building.dept@framinghamma.gov STAFF: Michael A. Tusino, Director James Murphy, Local Inspector Fred Bray, Deputy Commissioner Mark Shahood, Plumbing-Gas Inspector Ed Hicks, Electrical Inspector Mark Hughes, Plans Examiner Suellen Seta, Sign Officer Dave Keniry, Nuisance Officer Paul L.M. Kelley, Code Enforcement Michael McCarthy, Code Enforcement Scott Parker, Local Inspector Joan Stephenson, Code Enforcement Joanne Panarelli, Code Enforcement Danielly Morais-Fonseca, Admin Asst. Mary Tiziani, Office Manager FY 2014 Operating Budget: $970,386.00 Calendar 2014 Fees Collected: $2,619,636 For 2014 the Inspectors, Administrators increase of fees by over $1 Million. As and Code Enforcement Inspectors within indicated above fee collection for the year the Inspectional Services Department was $2,619,636. have had a very active year providing quality customer service and effective The office staff processed 3057 Building solutions toward resolving citizen Permits, 2294 Plumbing & Gas Permits, concerns. and 1919 Electrical Permits as well as the general administrative day to day duties. The focus of the Department continues to Our Plans Examiner processed over 2800 be the pursuit of the highest quality of plans and documents. public service by responding to concerns as they arise, to follow up on previous The Plumbing-Gas Inspector and concerns, maintain a record of property Electrical Inspector averaged 10 to 15 activities reviewed by inspectors and inspections per day and also responded to investigators and be responsive to an average of 1-2 after hour calls per week consumer protection. from the Fire and/or Police Department. The mission of the Building Department The two Building Inspectors averaged 12- is to provide knowledge and service 15 inspections per day each and also regarding local, state, and federal codes conducted over 100 Liquor License st and standards in a manner which supports inspections from November 1 thru st our commitment to the safety of our December 31. Both inspectors residents and to the integrity of the responded to an average of 2-3 after hour department. We willingly participate in calls per week from the Fire and/or Police programs of continuing education to keep Departments. our staff informed of the latest technology and requirements within the building Code Enforcement inspectors worked on trades industry as well as customer service 869 cases of which more than 70% and computer literacy. involved housing. The report illustrates that the inspectors addressed 5 illegal The year of 2014 was a record year with rooming houses, 49 illegal apartments and regard to permit activity. I refer to the monitored 78 foreclosed properties. We attached 5 year report which reflects an Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report also received a CDBG funded grant for $60,000 for code enforcement activities. Sign permitting and enforcement were at record levels for 2014. 59 illegal signs were brought into compliance by the Sign Officer and 306 new signs were permitted in strict accordance with the Sign By-law. I would like to thank all the Town of Framingham officials, and departments that we have worked with during the course of the year. We at the Building Department appreciate the knowledge and professionalism exhibited town wide. In closing, I extend a special THANK YOU to the entire Building Department staff whom I have truly appreciated working with during this past year. Our group worked extremely hard to handle the increase in work this year without the help of additional staff. Respectfully submitted, Michael A. Tusino Michael A. Tusino, CBO Director/Building Commissioner The following is a list permit activities for the calendar year of 2014 with a Five Year Activity Summary: Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report WM EIGHTS AND EASURES Memorial Building, Room 221| 508-532-5470 |health@framinghamma.gov This was an improvement over the In compliance with Section 34, previous years and shows that our Chapter 98, General Laws of the education and inspection program is Commonwealth, I am submitting my working. The Department investigated annual report of the Department of 38 consumer complaints during the Weights & Measures for the year year. ending December 31, 2014 2015 will mark the One Hundredth The Weights & Measures Department year of the National Conferences on is required by state statute to inspect all Weights & Measures. The Town of weighing and measuring devices in the Framingham is a member. During this Town of Framingham each calendar time, Massachusetts has NOT missed a year. In 2014, the Department single conference. inspected 1835 weighing and measures devices, including scanning audits. I want to thank Mr. Michael A. Tusino, The Department collected $49,322 in the Director/Building Commissioner, inspection and sealing fees during the town's part time Weights & Measures 2014. This surpasses the revenue for Inspector, Edward R. Gentili, and the 2013. The Department issued 20 civil Office Manager of Inspectional Services, citations and 19 late fee violations in Mary T. Tiziani and her staff for all calendar year 2014, for the following: their help and assistance. pricing errors (scanning), & unsealed gasoline meters. The total violations Respectfully Submitted, and late fees amounted to $7770 for the calendar year of 2014. The non- Edward R. Seidler criminal average fine was $341. The Sealer of Weights & Measures Department had NO cases in Framingham District Court (criminal) for overcharging consumers. During 2014 the department 2014 saved consumers and businesses in Framingham well into the thousands of dollars by conducting both mandated and spot inspections. This is in addition to the fees and fines collected for the town. Errors were found and corrected which resulted in sufficient savings to consumers. The Department checked 8600 items in local retail stores to ensure that they scanned correctly. The Department found that 95.5% were priced correctly, 1% was underpriced and 3.2% was overpriced. 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham    DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS DP EPARTMENT OF UBLIC WORKS Admin. Offices - Memorial Building, R 203| 508-532-5600 |public.works@framinghamma.gov Peter Sellers, Director508-532-5600 Paul G. Barden, Deputy Director ofPublic Works508-532-6053 William R. Sedewitz, Chief Engineer508-532-6012 Jeremy Marsette, Deputy Director of Administrative Services508-532-6092 Blake Lukis, Director of Water and Wastewater508-532-6052 Daniel S. Nau, Director of Highway & Solid Waste508-532-6032 Fred J. Davies, Director of Fleet, Facilities & Communications508-532-6073 Robert D. McArthur, Conservation Administrator508-532-5462 Diane M. Conner, Director of Administration & Finance508-532-5611 ENGINEERING AND large collection of irreplaceable paper TRANSPORTATION DIVISION plans and documents. The Engineering and Transportation In 2014, more than 6,000 linear feet of Division is responsible for the planning, water, wastewater and stormwater mains design and construction of capital were installed or replaced. Locations roadway and utility infrastructure projects, included Bethany Road, Concord Street, maintaining compliance with various State Herbert Street, Irving Street, Mellen & Federal programs such as National Street, Nevins Drive, School Street, Speen Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Street, Waverly Street, Wickford Road, (NPDES) Phase II stormwater, managing and Winthrop Street. The work included rerouting a 102 year old partially collapsed Trench Opening Permit programs, vitreous clay sewer main that was located reviewing development and under two commercial buildings. The redevelopment plans to ensure roadway pipe, located off Waverly Street, serviced and utili approximately 500 homes and businesses construction standards, and inspecting and was in urgent need of replacement. modifications and expansions to the roadway, water, sewer and stormwater Work also included the demolition of a networks. more than eighty year old 300,000 gallon steel water tank located off Edmands The Division also provides technical Road. A replacement tank of the same expertise to the operational divisions of size was constructed and is scheduled to the Public Works Department, other be filled and tested in early 2015. This is Town Departments, various Boards, one of two tanks that service the Beebe Committees, and Commissions, maintains pressure zone in the northwest corner of an extensive Geographical Information the Town. System (GIS) and is the custodian of a Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report The Engineering Division oversaw Worcester Road sewer pump station, roadway and transportation improvement water and sewer improvements along the projects such as the Waverly Street Main Street and Union Avenue corridor, crosswalk, Edmands Road Traffic and water improvements on Speen Street Calming, Water Street/Central Street and Cochituate Road. The Division also Retaining Wall Replacement and Roadway coordinated with NStar to advance a Improvements, Mellen Street/Winthrop major upgrade to the electrical Street Roadway Reconstruction, and the infrastructure in the Downtown. Concord/A/School Streets Intersection Improvements Project. The last project Transportation project design work includes new roadway, sidewalks, drainage included the Coburnville Area Roadway improvements, curb realignment and two restoration project which will provide for new traffic signals designed to improve new roadway surface, restored and new pedestrian and overall safety of the sidewalks, and other roadway amenities in intersection. Deck and joint repairs were the residential area surrounding Coburn also made to the Central Street Bridge Street. The design projects also include near Edgell Road. This work significantly the Union Avenue Road Improvements extended the expected life of the bridge at project which is being advanced with the a cost far less than that of a full bridge possibility of MassDOT funding under replacement. the Transportation Improvement Project program. Designs were also completed The Division also coordinated with the for Winch/Millwood Traffic Calming, Massachusetts Department of Riverpath Drive Roadway reconstruction, Transportation (MassDOT) to advance Elm Street Weston Aqueduct Pedestrian several construction projects, the largest Crossing and Traffic Signal upgrades at involving the Reconstruction of Route the Bishop Street/Waverly Street/Beaver 126 (Concord Street) in the downtown Street intersections. There was also area. This construction project started in coordination with MassDOT on the 2014 and is expected to continue into Hollis Street Culvert Replacement project. 2016. It will include roadway resurfacing, new sidewalks and crosswalks, traffic The Engineering Division continued to signals, street lighting, street trees, and advance programmatic issues centric to landscaped areas. The Engineering the Townsystem. Division also worked with MassDOT to The Illicit Discharge Detection and advance or complete additional Implementation (IDDE) Plan was construction projects such as the updated. The Division also continued Cochituate Rail Trail, Route 9 Bridge over water quality monitoring and sampling the Reservoir, Wickford Road Bridge outfalls replacement and the Winter Street Bridge and investigated ten potential illicit over the railroad. In late 2014, work also discharges and addressed four activities began on the Central Street Bridge in that had potential to impact stormwater Saxonville. runoff. The DPW undertook several public education events throughout 2014. Multiple design projects were also Preparations continued for the anticipated advanced or completed. Utility project release of a new NPDES stormwater designs included sewer capacity permit including submitting extensive improvements downstream of the comments on the most draft permit. Technology Park, elimination of the Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report The Division continued to provide Town HIGHWAY MANAGEMENT support by updating the GIS system to PROGRAM capture the amount of construction work The Highway Division is responsible for completed. In 2014 this included nine capital projects with water, sewer, roadway and sidewalk infrastructure drainage and/or roadway improvements. including: pavement markings, granite and Also, the Division implemented bituminous curbing, street and regulatory improvements to the GIS system that signage, stormwater utilities, traffic included linking over 2,500 scanned islands, and public shade trees. electronic documents to the GIS asset management system. The Division also Stormwater Management began the development of a revised and The Stormwater Management System expanded consists of more than 200 miles of surface website. This included interactive search and subsurface drainage systems, 12,000 tools, links to live data, and updated aerial catch basin and manhole structures, and photography. more than 900 drainage outfalls. 2014 construction projects completed by Town Lastly, the Division reviewed 348 plan and contracted personnel included the submittals received either directly or installation and repair of 1,010 linear feet routed to Public Works from the Building of new drain line on Salem End Road, Department, Planning Board, Zoning Charles Street, and Pershing Ave., and the Board of Appeals or the Board of repair of 93 drainage structures. 7,200 catch basins were cleaned and 52,308 Street Opening Permits and 413 Trench linear feet of drainpipe was videoed and Opening Permits. In addition to the plan cleaned. The Division continues the review and permits processed by the practice of monthly inspections in a Department, considerable resources were proactive drainage structure maintenance expanded on large private developments program. undertaken in 2014. For example, the Danforth Green Planned Unit The Division is responsible for Development (PUD) currently under maintaining, inspecting and operating the construction off Riverpath Drive includes ille flood levee system, the construction of private water which consists of 2,550 feet of earth dikes, distribution, sewer collection and 1,340 feet of concrete flood walls, 1,000 pumping, stormwater collection and feet of channel realignment, a pumping discharge, roadways, and off-site station, interior drainage, and a vehicular infrastructure improvements to support flood gate. approximately 330 new residences. The Engineering Division inspects the In order to maintain compliance with the construction of these large developments as well as the hundreds of smaller (EPA) NPDES Phase II Stormwater commercial projects. Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Permit, the Highway Division made a removal of sand and debris from the vigorous year-long effort to clean all of the catch basins utilizing both Town remains an operational priority each year. crews and contracted services, to remove Pavement Management silt, sand, and debris from approximately The 2014 construction projects included 8,500 catch basins last year. Over 1,000 the replacement or upgrade of roadway tons of catch basin debris was removed elements and appurtenances so that both from catch basins and hauled to an regulatory guidelines and directives accepting facility by Town equipment and continued to be adhered to and visual personnel. The storm drain cleaning enhancements could be made. New program has continued to produce a pavement markings, street signs, significant repair list as the inspection sidewalks, granite and bituminous curbing, process progresses. The Beaver Dam wheelchair ramps and curb-cut control Brook and Hop Brook continue to be measures were addressed during significant operational challenges for the construction. Division as even modest rain events may cause the brooks to surcharge at the many The 2014 road program performed road culvert headwalls in both South reconstruction on 18.5 center lane miles Framingham and the Gregory Road and of roadways in the Town. The Division McAdams areas of North Framingham. continued to integrate and manage the use For this reason the Division has installed of specialized contracted equipment with automated monitoring sensors that alert in-house resources. The development of staff to high water levels. The deficiencies this program has led to greater cost in the stormwater systems throughout the control, quality control, and accountability Town are a major cause of unscheduled while performing repair work on defective overtime and emergency repair cost roadways. The strategy and design behind incurred by the Town. this program had drawn the attention of other large communities in the In an effort to minimize the amount of Commonwealth. In addition, the Division sand entering and further diminishing the responded to emergency repairs, capacity of the system, the Division has preventive maintenance, and filled over continued strict control practices for the 12,000 potholes in 2014. The Division use of de-icing materials during the winter also maintains and replaces defective months. In addition, an aggressive and guardrails. comprehensive post-winter street and sidewalk cleaning program is performed Winter Storm Management annually to remove as much sand as The Highway Division is responsible for possible from the streets and thereby the provision of a safe automotive and minimizing the opportunity for pedestrian environment both during and accumulation in the drainage system. after winter storm events. This effort involves the plowing and treating of 550 The Division performs a comprehensive lane miles of public roadway, 37 municipal town wide street cleaning routine as well parking facilities, 90 miles of sidewalks as overnight sweeping in the streets and and public pathways, 215 crosswalks, 188 sidewalks of the commercial areas to cul-de-sacs, 11 school paths, and 31 minimize the entry of materials into the school crossing-guard stations and student drainage system and to provide a cleaner drop-off areas. Snow and ice operations environment in the downtown area. The 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham are among the most important of management practices and public responsibilities charged to the education campaigns. The Town of Department of Public Works. No activity Framingham was named a Tree City USA rd performed by a Town entity encompasses again in 2014 for the 23 consecutive year. more uncontrollable factors, nor has a The Division also plans an annual Arbor greater impact on the community than Day celebration in which several private does that of the proper handling of snow contractors donate their time. This year and ice events. Those factors include the event was held at the Historic Town weather, the amount of snowfall, rate of Common. The Division planted 43 trees snowfall, duration of the storm, and type this year including the London Plane of precipitation. Not only do these factors Trees along Edgell Road during the have to be considered, their impact on Annual Arbor Day celebration. resources and costs, including manpower, equipment, and materials must be The Highway Division oversees the understood and appropriately managed. that is permitted annually by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural GIS with an Incident Command Structure Resources Pesticide Bureau. This to manage each event. In addition, the program allows the Department to apply department installed global positioning best management practices for the control units (GPS) into plowing equipment. The of curbside vegetation that otherwise purpose of this strategic effort is to would grow uncontrollably and require provide a high level of accountability the commitment of substantial and while applying the appropriate amount of sustained labor to control unwanted resources to each storm event. In order to growth. be fiscally responsible, the Department has developed a strategy to focus on main A primary and recurring function of this roads with greater speeds and higher operating group is the statutory traffic volumes, while utilizing a measured requirement to maintain minimum response on secondary roads, making clearance over the 550 lane mile roadway them safe and passable. All Town network. In 2014, 38 miles of pruning spreader trucks are equipped with a were completed to provide clearance and computerized distribution system that operates according to ground speed, thus while providing a great public amenity to ensuring the uniform distribution of de-the Town, require routine maintenance so icing materials. that they do not also become a public liability. The tree crew performs monthly Tree Warden & Forestry Management surveys to determine hazardous trees and diseases and takes corrective action to The Highway Division is responsible for minimize damage and response during the maintenance management of the severe weather events. The Division is responsible for the cleanup and removal trees and for the development of a Public of storm debris. Shade Tree program for the community. The purpose of this program is to The Tree Warden conducts frequent promote, preserve, and enhance the shade hazardous tree assessments, prescribes tree environment of the community treatment, oversees removals, and through the application of best participates in public hearings on issues 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham related to trees within the right of way. and or replaced hundreds of regulatory The Department routinely responds to and advisory signs either by direction of the Board of Selectmen, the Traffic service. During 2014 Forestry Roadway Safety Committee, or as required Management personnel removed 256 through routine maintenance practices. dead, diseased, and/or hazardous street trees and responded to 64 emergency removals as a result of tree failure SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT impacting roads or other public PROGRAM properties. The Solid Waste Division is responsible Traffic Systems Management preserve and protect public health and the The Traffic Systems section of the environment. The Division oversees Highway Division manages the curbside solid waste and recycling maintenance, fabrication, and placement programs along with containerized collections at condominiums and street signage, steel-beam safety guardrail, municipal facilities. In addition, the installation of new and annual maintenance of existing pavement on Mt. Wayte Ave. and Yard Waste Drop- markings, and the work zone safety Off Site played an integral part in enabling program for Division operations. This the Division to deliver a wide range of section is responsible for advance recycling services to the public. The planning of traffic management Division manages the collection of refuse coordination for roadway construction, as and recycling from 19,508 dwelling units well as for the implementation of street- weekly, averaging more than 3,900 by- curbside collection stops and 90,000 to efficiently advance the street sweeping pounds per day collected curbside. program and snow removal operations. The pre-planning for traffic management During the winter of 2014, the Division during the construction season maximizes was faced with many challenges as a result the efficient production of the work, and of a series of winter storms delivering also contributes to a safe environment for heavy amounts of snowfall in a short the motorists and the work crews alike. period of time. With little time to rest between events, the Division stood strong The Traffic Systems section managed the through the unfavorable conditions annual contract and divisional painting of striving to deliver the expected level of 83 miles of yellow centerline, 93 miles of service on both plow routes and curbside white edge line, over 715 crosswalks, 771 collection routes. The sense of pride to stop bars, and 362 arrows throughout the execute operations through the elements Town. was contagious and displayed department wide. In addition, the Division responded to Police, Fire and other safety road related Since the initial Recycling cart distribution issues requiring emergency traffic in 2011, many home owners have management, as well as planned events requested to enlarge the capacity of their such as the Boston Marathon and World cart. In 2014, the Division satisfied 180 Cup Soccer. The Division also installed Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report service requests from residents to to dispose of polystyrene trays. exchange their cart to the larger size. The Participating schools are McCarthy cart radio frequency identification system Elementary, Woodrow Wilson (RFID) allows the Town to track what Elementary and Brophy Elementary address carts are assigned to, how often School. and what time of day they are serviced. The Division continues to sell natural This continues to be a valuable tool for mulch and compost to homeowners the Town to maintain contractor and landscapers at a reduced rate. This accountability ensuring the proper delivery helped to reduce disposal cost, raised of service has been performed. additional revenues for the Town, and created a full circle recycling loop. In The Division works aggressively to addition, these materials have been research and develop new techniques in used by other Town Departments managing waste that cut costs, improve which has helped to reduce costs. The Division has provided these recycling programs. Some of these materials for various Town projects approaches included: such as at the Resource Recovery Center itself, as a soil amendment in Developing Phase II of the Divisions athletics fields, landscaping at town- Transition to Automation (Curbside owned buildings and other various Solid Waste and Recycling Collection). projects around Town. These Phase II includes modernizing the way materials are provided at no cost to curbside refuse is collected shifting other Town Departments allowing from a dangerous manual collection them significant financial savings. style (driver and collector) to a more efficient and safe fully automated style Public Education; 2014 continued (driver and mechanical lifting device themed monthly events and programs. with carts on the curb). This will These events and services are offered enable the department to acquire the to residents at no additional cost and necessary equipment to assume the included Fall Household Hazardous duties of curbside recycling program Waste Day, which drew close to 500 once the five year contract expires in vehicles, Earth Day Celebration, and 2016. Additionally, this presents the the town-wide Green-Up Day. The Town with an extraordinary most popular events continue to be opportunity to save in projected the Shred Fest (secure confidential contract costs while continuing to document shredding), and the Free deliver exceptional customer service. Electronics Day. Both events are held Continuing to facilitate competitive at no additional charge to the bidding on solid waste contracts to residents. Furthermore, the save money and improve services electronics take back day has allowed The attainment of waste reduction the Town to donate 300 pounds of grants from the Massachusetts non-perishable food items to United Department of Environmental Way Tri-County Food Pantry located Protection (MassDEP). in Framingham as participating Monitor school recycling programs residents are encouraged to make a that use reusable trays and silverware donation. This has also helped the in their cafeterias eliminating the need Town to properly recycle and dispose Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report of thousands of pounds of discarded the Massachusetts Water Resources electronics. Authority (MWRA) and is subsequently distributed throughout the Town by means of a complicated system of pumps, Division employees have conducted pipes, valves, and reservoirs. The Water multiple tours of the facility Department program provides for the promoting the recycling program. maintenance and repair to the water distribution infrastructure that includes: The Resource Recovery Center (RRC) 250 miles of pipe, 17,000 service located on Mount Wayte Ave. has connections, 2,000 hydrants, 4,800 gate continued the tradition of providing valves, 22,000 meters, 4 pumping stations, quality service to residents. In 2014 the 3 booster stations, and 6 above ground division had robust sticker sales issuing water tanks having a storage capacity of 6,725 permits to residents providing nearly 9 million gallons. access to the solid waste and recycling services offered at the facility. The The Wastewater Department is center continues to provide excellent responsible for the collection and customer service at reduced costs to the transport of 5-10 million gallons of residents. Through fees collected for sewage each day. A significant portion of divisional services and marketing of the wastewater flow during peak periods is recyclables during 2014, $210,428.61 was infiltration and inflow (I/I) from sources generated for the General Fund. such as leaking pipes and sump pump discharges during wet weather. Sewage is In 2014, the Town continued to enjoy the conveyed from town systems to the successes derived by making it easier for MWRA, which is charged with the residents to recycle. In addition to the transport and treatment of sewerage from hazardous and hard to manage wastes its forty-three member communities. The collected at the RRC, the center collected 1,000 tons of recyclables. Curbside miles of gravity mains, 18 miles of force recyclables collected totaled 5,098 tons. mains, 44 pump stations, 6,600 manholes, and over 40 miles of cross-country sewer- WATER AND WASTEWATER line easements. MANAGEMENT PROGRAM The Water and Wastewater Program is al improvement responsible for the provision of a drinking programs have been substantially under- water supply, a fire suppression service, funded in recent decades, and, as a and a sewer collection service to the consequence, the critical infrastructure has 70,000 residents of the community that it experienced ever increasing incidents of serves. failure. The system continued to grow and expand over time, but the funding for the The Water Department is responsible for aging and expanding infrastructure did not the distribution of a public potable water keep pace with capital needs. As a supply and for the provision of fire consequence, the Division was historically suppression service to the 17,000 engaged solely in performing unscheduled residential and commercial accounts maintenance and was unable to devote within the community. The average daily resources to perform critical maintenance water demand of nearly seven million to the system. This is underscored by the gallons per day (mgd) is purchased from ' issuance of an Administrative Consent Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report Order (ACO) and Notice of years from 50 to 44 as part of its capital Noncompliance by the Massachusetts program. Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) during March 2007. The ACO In recent years, the Department of Public requires the Town to undertake major Works has developed a professional and sewer construction and rehabilitation knowledgeable workforce at all levels and projects over several years with the disciplines. This progression has provided primary focus of alleviating reoccurring an opportunity to identify and fully carry sanitary sewer overflows, a violation of out capital projects of limited scope from State and Federal law. The last specifically design through construction using Public identified project from the ACO was Works staff. This practice not only completed on schedule before the end of provides the Town with a significant cost 2013. The ACO included several other savings over contracting for these requirements including increased staffing services, but is used as a tool for levels, major equipment purchases, continually training our employees. implementation of a SCADA system to Unfortunately, there is a significant remotely monitor and control pumping turnover in personnel, which leaves DPW stations and strict reporting requirements. understaffed at many times. The Department is The aforementioned construction of the Sump Pump Elimination Plan, activities were in addition to the which will likely result in additional excavations required by department staff enforcement action. to repair over 200 water system failures and 140 sewer system failures during the The Department also faces the continuing course of the year. Additionally, the Water challenges of managing a second and Wastewater Division responded to Administrative Order originally issued by nearly 2,000 first response calls when a the Massachusetts Water Resources customer was in need of immediate Authority in 2003. The MWRA assistance. The Wastewater Division, Settlement Agreement limits the level of performed video inspection of over sulfide that the Town is authorized to 118,000 linear feet of sewer pipe whereby discharge to the MWRA system through the condition of the sewer was operational efforts. Sulfide generation can documented using a camera unit, which cause odor and corrosion problems in was remotely controlled and traveled sewers, which sometimes can be through the pipe. The inspection process catastrophic. Activities which the revealed areas of the system that have Wastewater Department performs to actual or potential problems that may mitigate the generation of sulfide include: require repair or replacement. chemical dosing at selected wastewater Twice each year the Water Department pumping stations, targeted collection collects drinking water samples from system cleaning and inspection, and fifteen homes, which are subsequently enforcement of grease interceptor analyzed for their lead content. The U.S. requirements at food establishments. A Environmental Protection Agency has set major cause of sulfide is the wastewater the action level for lead in drinking water detention time associated with the large at 15 parts per billion (ppb), the level number of pumping stations and miles of which triggers corrective actions to be associated sewer force main piping. The undertaken by the water supplier. The Department has reduced the number of results of the sampling program have pumping stations during the past three 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham successfully met that goal once again (Building Permits, Planning Board during 2014 as they have for the past Permits, and Zoning Board of several years. Appeals Permits) The Water Department also performs Held 25 public meetings to discuss approximately 900 bacteriological tests project applications, land annually to ensure the quality and management efforts, and public education efforts The Town maintained continuous Reviewed 33 and permitted 32 compliance throughout the year with the Notices of Intent applications with 1 denial due to split vote standards related to bacteria testing (Total Coliform Rule). Reviewed 2 Abbreviated Notices of Resource Area Delineation and permitted 1 Conservation Commission Reviewed 23 and permitted 23 The Conservation Commission is Requests for Determination of administered by the Conservation and Applicability applications Open Space Division of the Department of Public Works and is responsible for Issued 9 Emergency Certifications implementing local, state, and federal Performed numerous site visits wetland laws, managing over 400 acres of and inspections to gain first-hand conservation land, and engaging the information of on-site conditions public in conservation efforts. and verify wetland delineations. The Conservation Division is responsible The Commission continued to oversee for reviewing all proposed and on-going active projects from prior years. It issued: municipal, private, commercial, and industrial projects to determine if they fall 5 Amended Orders of Conditions under the jurisdiction of local, state, and for project changes federal wetland laws. Conservation staff conducts site inspections, attends 1 Permit Extension pertinent meetings and represents the 19 Certificates of Compliance Commission in legal matters. Staff advises and provides technical expertise to 7 Enforcement Orders and the Conservation Commission and other numerous Notices of Violation town departments to assist with the 2.Stewardship Achievements: The protection of the environment. Other Framingham Conservation duties include: managing conservation land and conservation restrictions owned continued to maintain by the Town; overseeing the Framingham Conservation Lands by cutting stewardship program; directing the aquatic back vegetation that had management program, and providing overgrown onto scenic trails, and education and outreach to residents. cleaned up debris and litter. The 1.Wetlands Protection Achievements: Stewards also informed staff of any issues with Conservation Reviewed, for jurisdictional Land. relevance, all applications for 190 inter-departmental reviews 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham Bose Corporation provided numerous 6.Administrative Achievements: volunteers for projects town-wide, The Conservation Commission including a crew that removed two truck-works closely with DPW, Parks loads of miscellaneous debris from Cedar and Recreation Dept., Planning Swamp. Board, Building Dept., and Communityand Economic 3.Land Management: The Developmentto ensure Conservation Division started its compliance with state and local first ever seasonal land wetland laws. Conservation management crew with three Division staff work closely with seasonal employees paid for by the several local and statewide Town and three from a youth organizations such as Sudbury program. The Seasonal Valley Trustees, New England Conservation Crew performed Wildflower Society, Bay Circuit projects including trail clearing Trail Alliance, SuAsCo, River and widening at Arthur-Morency Stewardship Council, Woods, the Carol Getchell Trail, Massachusetts Department of and at Cedar Swamp. Some Conservation and Recreation, redundant trails were removed at Massachusetts Department of Arthur-Morency. They conducted Fisheries and Wildlife, hazard tree removal and invasive Massachusetts Association of plant management at Macomber Conservation Commissioners, the Reservation and Arthur-Morency. MassachusettsSociety of They worked on a drainage project MunicipalConservation at Wittenborg Woods. Professionals,and the 4.Open Space Planning: The Massachusetts Department of Division worked with other Environmental Protection, to departments to create a team, to protect the Town's wetland identify and prioritize open space resource areas and open space. parcels. The Open Space Plan was reviewed and finalized by the team. Grants were applied for and FLEET, FACILITIES AND secured for land acquisition and COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM ecological restoration. The Fleet, Facilities and Communications 5.EducationalAchievements: program continues to provide a critical The Conservation Division support service to various public works participated in an Earth Day programs and also provides vehicle and event, conducted an interpretive equipment maintenance support to other hike for Riverfest and was agencies within the Town. This year, Fleet involved in the greater Riverfest Services provided maintenance services planning. The staff additionally for the School Grounds program conducted an interpretive hike at equipment. This Program is accountable Macomber Reservation. for: the development and implementation of professional fleet management Staff also participated in professional standards and practices, the design and development workshops and trainings procurement of all public works vehicles provided by state and nonprofit and equipment, and for providing organizations. Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report standardized maintenance management Hoisting Engineer Refresher Course that practices for all public works facilities is mandated by the state of Massachusetts. including water, wastewater and pumping stations. The Division is also charged with This past winter was the eighth winter the technical management of the season that a temporary site setup has telecommunications network and thereby been utilized by the technicians who are provides a critical service component to assigned to be on the north side of Town the Departmenduring plowing events. This continues to Management Response Plan. work very well in providing the technicians a more functional area to work The Fleet, Facilities, and Communications so repairs can be performed more support to the Department through the of service time that would occur returning provision of fully operational equipment, to the Western Avenue facility. facilities and telecommunications that together, ensure the effective and efficient In 2014, Fleet Services wrote 1,829 repair delivery of essential services to the orders, performed 477 scheduled residents of the community. These vital preventative maintenance services and services include the provision of public completed 206 Commonwealth of safety, public works, and public utility Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles functions for the residents of Enhanced Emissions State Inspections. Framingham. The Division also managed the acquisition The Town continues to be one of three & distribution of more than 273,000 major equipment and materials cache sites gallons of gasoline & diesel fuel. for the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council (NERAC). Facility Maintenance Fleet Management Again this year, the Department of In 2014 the Division researched, designed Vapor Recovery Certification program and prepared specifications for the was performed for the fuel system at procurement of the following specialized Western Avenue along with the annual equipment: two 40,000 GVW cab & calibration of the fuel pumps, which was chassis w/dump body, sanders & plows, one 15,000 GVW 3/4 CY dump truck Weights & Measurers. The oil/water w/plow, one 15,000 GVW cab & chassis separators at Western Avenue and the Mt. w/rack body w/plow, 3.5 CY loader Wayte recycling facility continue to be w/plow, five 11,000 GVW cab & chassis inspected quarterly and pumped out in w/service bodies & plows, and six compliance with DEP regulations, at a automated refuse packers. minimum, annually, or sooner, if needed. The Division continued to perform full Technician training sessions continued load tests on the emergency/standby both in-house and off site which included generators at both the Western Avenue Ford training to help keep technicians and Henry Street facilities. This was done current with the ever changing industry. quarterly to insure proper operation along The Parts Manager, along with other Fleet with a semi-annual maintenance program. Services personnel, has completed the 2014 Annual Town Report Town of Framingham The annual fire sprinkler inspection was Town Departments with information in a performed at the Western Avenue facility. timely and accurate manner. The Department of Public Works has Water and sewer utility billings for the begun the installation of an Town of Framingham are also managed emergency/SCADA communications by this Division. Most residential tower. This will substantially improve the customers in Framingham are billed communications throughout the Town for quarterly for water and sewer usage, while Police, Fire and DPW. This project will be commercial, industrial and high volume completed in the spring of 2015. customers are billed monthly. Staff issued 72,092 bills in 2014. Bill payers have the The Spill Prevention Control and option to pay their bills on line; currently Countermeasure Plans (SPCCP) there are 1,300 customers enrolled in this continued to be reviewed annually to payment program. Division staff also insure accuracy. This plan is necessary so administers the Discount and Utility there are guidelines in place to respond to Abatement Policies on behalf of the any type of uncontrolled release of Board of Selectmen. hazardous materials. This plan also Members of the department oversee the stations and the Recycle and Disposal Drain Layer License renewal process; the Facility. hiring of staff; the processing of personnel related activities for the 150 members of Fleet Services continued to do a monthly the Public Works Department as well as inspection of the Watson Place flood the processing of thousands of vendor station and performed any necessary invoices. Division personnel facilitate the repairs. recording of fuel inventory activity and generate internal invoices for Town departments who draw fuel from pumps ADMINISTRATION & FINANCE located at Western Avenue. The Administration and Finance Division The Division is also responsible for the provides for the consolidation of all management of grant funding, as well as administrative and financial functions federal reimbursement activities that are within the Department of Public Works. related to storm emergencies and other The Division strives to enhance the events. There were no declared efficiency and accuracy of financial and emergencies in 2014. administrative functions within the Department through the use of professional practices. The core mission of the Division of Administration & Finance is to provide service and technical support to the major Divisions within the Department of Public Works: Town of Framingham 2014 Annual Town Report PB|C&ED|MAP LANNING OARD OMMUNITY CONOMIC EVELOPMENT ETROPOLITAN REALANNING CMWRTA|FHA OUNCIL ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHOR PB LANNING OARD Memorial Building, Room B37| 508-532-5450 |planning.board@framinghamma.gov During the Planning Board (FPB) review 8 Public Way Access Permits; process, the FPB works with both 2 Scenic Roadway Modifications; applicants and the public to shape 13 Approval Not Required; and developments that minimize negative 2 applications for Subdivision or impacts to the community while Modification to a Subdivision. accommodating new growth. Such growth provides employment It is important to note: opportunities and a growing tax base to The average permitting time from the Town. the date an application was stamped in with the Town Clerk to the THE BOARD The five current Planning Board members days (median: 73/77 days); are Stephanie A. Mercandetti, Christine A. The average permitting time from Long, Lewis Colten, Thomas F. Mahoney, the date of the first public hearing to and Victor A. Ortiz. On April 10, 2014, the Planning Board reorganized and days (median: 56.5 days); elected Stephanie A. Mercandetti to the Average/median number of public position of Chair, Christine A. Long to hearings held for approved projects: serve as Vice-Chair, and Lewis Colten as 4.375 public hearings (median: 3.5 Clerk. The Planning Board Office is public hearings); and comprised of: Amanda L. Loomis, Average/median number of public Planning Board Administrator, Alexander hearings held for approved projects, C. Mello, Associate Program Planner, and not including public hearings Sean P. Dugan, Administrative Assistant. continued without testimony: 3.625public hearings (median: 3 MAJOR PLANNING PROJECT public hearings). FACTS Total number of jobs created by In the 2014 calendar year, the Planning approved projects: Board held 42 meetings and granted 32 Construction jobs: 703-723 project decisions. The Planning Board Full-time jobs: 709-1109 considered applications for the following Part-time jobs: 296-696 types of projects: 21 Site Plan Reviews; Projectdevelopment cost: 34 Special Permits; $127,835,431.00 4 Chapter 43D Expedited Permitting Projects; To review all projects permitted by the 1 Extension to a previously Planning Board, please reference the approved Decision; Corridor Corporate Center and Technology Park 5.1.4.2 Complete Streets: Adopt Additional highlights of the 2014 calendar Complete Streets Policy, Complete year include the following: Street Designation, Chapter 90I, Apply for Complete Street Grant ZONING BY-LAW AMENDMENTS Funding The following zoning amendments were 5.2.4 HousingStrategies adopted at the Annual and Special Fall Affordable Housing By-law Town Meeting and approved by the Publish andimplement Attorney General. The zoning Development Handbook amendments were as follows: COLLABORATED WORK Annual Town Meeting April 29, 2014 EFFORTS Article 26: Agriculture Preservation LocallyGrown: Preserving R Development (a new Section IV.S.) Agricultural Lands in the Suburbs: Article 27: Open Space Cluster In January 2014, the Planning Board Development (a new Section IV.T.) worked with Massachusetts Audubon Article 44: Amendment FloodplainSociety and the Sudbury Valley Districts (amendment to SectionTrustees to present on alternative III.H.)options of development and preservation of open space and Fall Special Town Meeting October agricultural properties. The goal of 21, 2014 the workshop was to present programs and strategies to help Article 8: Amendment to the working farm remain in use. Framingham Zoning By-law: Phase Metropolitan Planning Organization R One Recodification (MPO): Complete Streets Workshop: Article 9: Moderate Slope In September 2014, the Planning Requirements (amendment to Section Board co- IV.G.3.e) workshop to assist in the collection of information for the proposed 2015 MASTER PLAN IMPLEMENTATION Framingham Bicycle Plan. The Planning Board will present the status MetroWest Moves: Through the R of the Framingham Master Land Use Plan Massin Motion/Community at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting. The Transformation Grant, the Town of Annual Town Meeting status report shall Framingham worked in collaboration provide an update on the work items with the communities of Hudson, completed or to be added to the Planning Marlborough, and Northborough to Master Land Use Plan. Work initiatives from the Master Land Use Plan to be communities. worked on in 2015 include: Open Space & Recreation Plan, R 5.1.1 Comprehensive Revision to update Town Land Use Regulations Transit Oriented Development R 5.1.2.3 Target Areas on Corridors Central Business District: Worked in Identified for Rezoning: Golden collaboration with Community & Triangle, South Framingham, and Economic Development and MAPC to develop new zoning for the Central ADMINISTRATION Business District. The Planning Board continued to improve Development Handbook: Worked inits efforts in public outreach and the R partnership with Town departmentssharing of information through the to develop an efficient and informative review of projects.Facebook page. The Planning Board has Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan: Abeen working to ensure all projects R collective effort between Communitycurrently under review and archived & Economic Development, the Department of Public Works, andwebpage for easy accessibility. Planning Board to develop a plan for future bicycle and pedestrian-wayTo learn more about the activity of the planning.Planning Board and see the full report, NyanzaGrant: Community & R Economic Development, the Conservation Commission, and the www.framinghamma.gov Planning Board apply for a Nyanza Grant to assist the Town in obtaining Respectfully submitted, a Conservation Restriction along the Stephanie A. Mercandetti, Chair Sudbury River near the Town Centre CEDD OMMUNITY AND CONOMIC EVELOPMENT IVISION Memorial Building, Room B2| 508-532-5455 |www.ChooseFramingham.com The Community and Economic municipal divisions, boards, and Development Division (CED) undertakes committees. a wide variety of projects focused on PLANNING DEPARTMENT protecting and enhancing the quality of Memorial Building, Room B-2 (508)532-5455 planning@framinghamma.gov projects are multi-dimensional, ranging from promoting homeownership and The Planning Department concentrates ston sound planning to promote economic providing policy analyses and pursuing development and support our residential mission-related grants. The Division also neighborhoods. Planners manage a promotes the Town as a desirable place in variety of projects and provide policy which to live, shop, work, and invest. analyses for the Town Manager and Board of Selectmen. The Department pursues, The Division consists of three and manages mission-related grants while departments: Planning, Zoning Board of also providing staff support to town Appeals (ZBA), and Community committees. Development (CD). While each department concentrates on different Economic Development functions, each coordinates closely with The Department is committed to other departments, as well as with other encouraging appropriate economic development in order to support and vision for Transit Oriented expand the tax base and contribute to the Development (TOD). fiscal health of the town. The Downtown managed Metropolitan Department is responsible for Area Planning Council (MAPC) research to facilitate TOD, focusing Development Strategic Plan. Consisting on market analysis, project feasibility, of four interconnected components, the zoning, and transit improvements. Plan identifies and plans for key sites and districts, facilitates Town investment to completed in 2015. establish a framework for the private Mass Pike Exit 12 managed research sector, creates a business friendly testing feasibility of creating a mixed- environment, and markets the use transit center supporting the Tech assets to attract new development and Park and 9/90 Corporate Center. redevelopment. The Planning Secured matching funds through Department also supports the implementation of the Master Plan, report will be completed in early 2015. updated by the Planning Board in 2014. Mass Pike Exit 13 initiated discussion with Natick and MassDOT Appropriate Economic Development on improving Mass Pike access, to The Department targets and promotes the improve traffic flow and encourage development of major parcels for employer growth. (re)development throughout town. Staff Southeast Framingham developed a also engage with businesses with expiring statement of work for a Master Plan, leases, monitor property that is available to coordinate Town improvements to for sale and lease, respond to questions the Waverly Street/Beaver Street area. from individuals and businesses interested CED has submitted the project to in locating in Framingham, and link MAPC for funding; a decision will be projects to available property. Staff sit on made in early 2015. interdepartmental teams that review Housing proposed development proposals in order Housing Plan. to facilitate the project through the various review processes. Staff also serve The planning and economic development ces, functions performed by staff are closely connecting property owners, existing interrelated with the work of the businesses, and prospective businesses Economic Development Industrial with other municipal departments. Corporation (EDIC). Staff and the EDIC collaborate extensively in order to further Major 2014 Planning Department our shared commitment to promote initiatives include: economic development. Economic Development Industrial employers and property owners, Corporation (EDIC). The EDIC is introducing the Town and CED as a charged with creating a pro-active capacity ready resource to support growth. to execute activities supporting the Downtown - coordinated Roundtable Economic Development Strategic Plan. discussions with business, community, Based in part on the Economic and development leaders to develop a Development Self-Assessment Tool (EDSAT) it sponsored in 2012, the EDIC (www.ChooseFramingham.com/dininggui received funding this year for a number of de) researching manufacturing enterprises activities. in Framingham and the Creative Economy, helping with outreach for the The bulk of the funding was designated to Beautification Program, and demographic hire a consultant to develop and research. implement a marketing plan, to help the Town position itself as a desirable location Both CED and EDIC work closely with to live and open a business. The the MetroWest Chamber of Commerce Marketing Plan was completed in June and the MetroWest 495 Partnership which 2014. In November 2014 another are strong and effective allies in our marketing firm began initiatives such as a efforts to strengthen the tax base. We newsletter and an increased social media also maintain strong partnerships with presence. state and regional agencies as well as Framingham Downtown Renaissance. Additional funds were used to fund a highly successful site Beautification Promotion Program for businesses located in highly Consistent with the Economic visible areas. Funds are also being used Development Strategic Plan, a concerted for a Strategic Economic Development effort is underway to market the desirable Plan (www.framinghamma.gov/Villages attributes of Framingham in order to 2015) for the Nobscot and Saxonville encourage individuals, families and firms commercial districts which kicked off in to locate, invest, and shop in our town. December 2014 and will finish in Summer Planners continue to developed the 2015. This project will provide a www.chooseframingham.com website, community-supported vision for and have established both a twitter redevelopment in these areas that will account @ChooseFram and a Facebook guide both public and private investment. page through which events and positive stories are broadcast. Additional funds have been used to acquire business data subscriptions and Downtown Revitalization memberships and to provide training Building on planning efforts dating to opportunities for EDIC and CED staff. 2009, the Planning Department The EDIC has also contracted with the coordinates and supports several efforts MetroWest Economic Research Center to promote revitalization and TOD. for an in- economic picture. In addition to coordinating Roundtable discussions and MAPC research on EDIC and CED have created an promoting Transit Oriented internship program in conjunction with Development, in 2014 the CED worked Framingham State University in order to closely with other departments on take advantage of the considerable permitting and other business issues in the resources offered by the university while Downtown. CED also provides funding advancing Town economic development to Framingham Downtown Renaissance, objectives with minimal impact on the which promotes the Downtown and municipal budget. In 2014, EDIC interns works directly with area businesses. undertook a number of projects including CED also coordinates with other Town Festival. FDR sponsored its annual departments on infrastructure planning. Winter Wonderland, to promote The Town also began implementing a downtown shopping over the holidays. state-funded plan creating vehicular and pedestrian improvements to address traffic flow and improve safety along the spectators to local businesses. Concord Street. These plans also include major streetscape improvements to In organization, FDR acted as a liaison beautify the downtown and help entice between businesses and the Town, to visitors to the district. Initial construction address downtown business needs. FDR began in Fall 2014 and will begin in maintained and expanded its online earnest in Spring 2015. presence, through its Facebook pages, Twitter feed, and its web site, The long-term plan to introduce a grade www.fdrms.org. separation into the downtown, is a priority Town project on the Metropolitan Neighborhood Commercial Areas The Planning Department continued its Transportation Plan (LRTP). efforts to encourage and facilitate the revitalization of several neighborhood Framingham Downtown Renaissance commercial areas. CED also worked with CED staff work closely with Framingham the developer and the Planning Board to Downtown Renaissance (FDR), a non-permit a retail redevelopment plan for Mt. profit organization focused on the Wayte shopping center site. CED and the revitalization of our downtown. Staff EDIC also began work on a Villages 2015 participate in board of directors meetings plan for the commercial centers in to provide support and insure Nobscot and Saxonville. collaboration between FDR and Town efforts and policies. In addition to staff Brownfields Project support, in FY15CED contributed Framingham has a considerable number $50,000 in (federal) Community of brownfields, which are properties that Development Block Grant funds to contain or potentially contain hazardous further the goals of FDR. substances, pollutants or contaminants Under the leadership of Executive for expansion or redevelopment. Director Holli Andrews, FDR 2014 Brownfields are not only a blighting activities focused on downtown design, influence on their surroundings, but are promotion, and organization. In design, typically underutilized, thereby representing enormous potential to generate significant new property taxes fundraising and planning for a mural once they are abated or it is established spanning the brick wall of a building that that they are not contaminated. facing Routes 126 and 135. Since 2008, the Department secured and In promotion, FDR continued its administered two $200,000 EPA grants to pop-up galleries identify, abate, and eventually redevelop showcasing local art/artists, conducted a brownfields. The Planning Department Contra Dance fundraiser in Nevins Hall, was awarded an additional $400,000 grant and conducted its third annual Farm Pond in May 2012, allowing us to continue the abate in 2013. The Planning Department Brownfields Revitalization Program. continued to implement the Neighborhood Stabilization Program The Program involves identifying and (NSP), funded by three grants secured and targeting sites, interfacing with property administered by CED totaling $1.35 owners, and working with a licensed site million. The mission of NSP is to acquire professional (LSP) hired by the division to and convert foreclosed properties into conduct environmental site assessments owner-occupied homes to reduce the (ESAs) of selected properties. This year, potential for blight and help stabilize the Town used funding to continue to neighborhoods. The success of NSP represents the combined efforts of the acres of land north of the proposed Planning and CD Departments, the Board Danforth Green Planned Unit of Selectmen and the Framingham Development (PUD) as conservation and Housing Authority (FHA) and its recreation land, given to the Town by the subsidiary, the Framingham Housing developer. Brownfields funds also helped Development Corporation. the Town investigate Transit Oriented Development issues in the Downtown, Thus far, the Program has resulted in the identified sites for a potential new school purchase of seven homes, six of which on the south side, and supported the have been completely renovated and five of which were sold to income-eligible MassBay Community College for a new applicants in 2011, 2012, and 2013. One campus. two-family property was retained by FHA; the seventh property was rehabilitated in Residential Neighborhoods early 2014. This grant is mostly expended While economic development initiatives and will close out in 2015. support residential neighborhoods by generating additional taxes, the Planning Policy Analyses, Studies, Project Department enhances these efforts by Management, and Special Projects undertaking projects that protect and CED undertakes projects, prepares policy ods. analyses, and coordinates inter- The Department continued to respond to departmental projects. Some of these a Board of Selectmen policy placing a 2014 projects include the following: priority on encouraging homeownership and targeting efforts to vulnerable Open Space and Recreation Plan neighborhoods. Both the Community Implementation Working Group Development Block Grant (CDBG) and (OSRPIWG) HOME Programs are focused on The Planning Department staffs the improving neighborhoods. The CD OSRPIWG, which is charged with Coordinator and Housing Quality implementing the 2013 Open Space and Recreation Plan (OSRP). In 2014, staff Enforcement Task Force, linking federally successfully applied for two significant funded rehabilitation programs to Town state open space grants. First, a $400,000 neighborhood improvement efforts. LAND grant was awarded for the purchase of the Snow Property at 95 Neighborhood Stabilization Program Wayside Inn Road, which will become The dramatic increase in home Town conservation land. Second, an foreclosures that began in 2008 started to additional $200,000 is likely to be awarded in 2015 for the purchase of conservation under the proposed trail. Design plans easements along the Sudbury River as part for the trail were submitted to MassDOT of the Nyanza settlement. in 2011 after the Planning Department secured a $700,000 MassDOT Staff from CED, Planning Board, and the transportation grant in 2010, to help Conservation Commission collaborated to complete the trail. DPW completed the Strategy. Key tasks included development Framingham Sewer of a town-wide list of priority parcels to Improvement Project. Governor Patrick consider for open space protection, attended the ribbon cutting for the comprehensive review of open space completed CRT in summer 2014. opportunities on the south side, and analysis of funding mechanisms to Bruce Freeman Rail Trail (BFRT) implement the OSRP. The Department manages the planning process to develop the Framingham Transportation component of the proposed 35-mile rail CED works closely with DPW to insure trail that will extend from Lowell to Framingham. The Department has been improvement priorities are identified on seeking grant funding and working with the regional committee representing all of Plan (TIP), a prerequisite for federal and the communities through which the trail state funding. The Senior Planner serves will traverse. year, the TIP Committee met several Aqueducts times to identify projects and prioritize Planners continue to be actively engaged projects to advance on the TIP. in improving public access to the Weston and Sudbury Aqueducts. In collaboration Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning with MAPC, unopened segments of the CED recognizes a need for a Weston aqueduct have continued to be comprehensive look at better analyzed to determine alternate routes accommodating bicycle and pedestrian and/or wayfinding signage around these access throughout Town. Beginning in aqueduct gaps. spring 2014, CED staff is leading an interdepartmental team including DPW Zoning Recodification and Planning Board staff to prepare a CED actively participated in the first document that can guide Town phases of the Zoning Bylaw investment in alternative transportation Recodification alongside Town Counsel, infrastructure. The process kicked-off the Building Commissioner, Planning Board, and Town Manager. Town meeting accepted the many phase one the MPO. This effort ties into the changes (table of uses, definitions, site plan review, etc.) during the fall Special Complete Streets Policy. Town Meeting. Cochituate Rail Trail (CRT) Sustainability Planning The Department has worked closely with This year, the Department worked on a DPW to coordinate design and number of Sustainability Initiatives. In construction activities with sewer work January 2014, the Town was designated as DOER. This designation came with MassEVIP program towards the $301,900 for implementation of energy purchase of two electric vehicles, efficient projects in Town-owned buildings and grounds. CED staff also The Department applied for another $400,000 Brownfields Assessment Grant. -wide projects that the Town can promote to Through CED, Planning Board, and increase residential and commercial energy efficiency. MetroWest Moves, the Town was awarded the 2014 Community Subsidized Housing Inventory (SHI) Innovation Challenge grant, along with The Planning Department monitors the Hudson and Marlborough, to develop a Complete Streets prioritization tool. The Subsidized Housing Inventory in order to group was also awarded funds through the District Local Technical Assistance housing units are accurately and fully Program to determine ways to advance Complete Streets. excess of 10%, which limits the applicability of Chapter 40B Provide Support to Town Committees Comprehensive Permits (subsidized CED provides staff support to several housing development that is not subject Town committees in addition to the to municipal Zoning Codes). In 2014, EDIC, the Framingham Historic CED worked with the developers of Commission and the Framingham Danforth Green and the Planning Board, Historic District Commission. The to ensure the creation of affordable units Director serves on Multiple Hazard Mitigation Planning Group, which Inclusionary Zoning bylaw. When consists of representatives of various created, the Town will add these units to Town divisions as well as citizens. The the SHI. group is responsible for overseeing the State and Federal Grants Hazard Mitigation Plan, required by the The Planning Department constantly Federal Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000. identifies and analyzes the applicability of grants as well as researches the availability Linkages to Municipal, Regional, and of funding for specific projects. In 2014, State Organizations CED secured: The Director and staff participate on and/or represent the Town on a host of $400,000 from the State to purchaseassociations, working groups and conservation landcommittees including but not limited to MetroWest Chamber of Commerce, $301,900 from DOER for Green MAPC, MetroWest Regional Communities projects Collaborative, MetroWest Economic $12,500 in matching funds from Research Council Advisory, MetroWest MassDevelopment, to support study Moves, Athenaeum Task Force, of the feasibility of transit-oriented Framingham Community Partnership, development projects near Mass Pike Greater Callahan Initiative, Exit 12 1 MetroWest/495 Partnership, Transportation Improvement Program Sixty-four petitions were filed with the (TIP), Code Enforcement Task Force, ZBA office in 2014. These 64 cases FDR, and Brownfields Coalition of the represent 11 more than the 53 cases Northeast. The division also maintains processed in 2013. Of the 64 cases heard strong contacts with the Massachusetts in 2014, 35 were requests for variances, 25 Office of Business Development for special permits, 2 for findings, and 2 (MOBD) and MassDevelopment. appeals of the decision of the Building Commissioner. Variance and special permit requests included those for relief ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS from dimensional requirements for: Memorial Building, Room B2 construction of, and additions to, single (508)532-5456 zba@framinghamma.gov family homes; placement of sheds on The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is residential properties; construction of the Permit Granting Authority and the two-family residences and automotive and Special Permit Granting Authority for restaurant uses; and changes of use for projects that do not meet the local businesses. Some of these filings were the outcome of changes in zoning districts in past years resulting in non- approve or deny requests for appeals, conforming lots. variances, and special permits, and issue findings through the public hearing Three Associate Members presided over process by determining if the required sign appeal applications, with a fourth criteria, as stated in the Zoning Bylaw, Alternate Member. Nineteen sign have been met. The ZBA also applications were filed in 2014. administers the Comprehensive Permit process for affordable housing as set forth The Board generally meets on the second under M.G.L. Chapter 40B. Tuesday of every month at 7:00 P.M. in the Blumer Room. Members of the The ZBA is a three-member Board public are welcome to attend. appointed by the Selectmen. In 2014, Full Members of the Board were Philip R. Ottaviani, Jr., Chair; Susan S. Craighead, COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT Vice-Chair; and Stephen E. Meltzer, AND HOME PROGRAMS Clerk. Karl Thober, Edward (Ted) Memorial Building, Room B-3 (508)532-5457 dcollins@framinghamma.gov Cosgrove, Robert Snider and Kevin Gatlin served as Associate Members. Mr. The Community Development Thober resigned as of June 2014, leaving a Department manages and administers the vacant seat yet to be filled. Marianne Federal Community Development Block Iarossi continued the duties of ZBA Grant (CDBG) and the Home Investment Administrator. Ms. Iarossi prepared the Partnership Act (HOME) funds the Town nd advised the Board receives from the US Department of on procedural and other issues. Heidi Housing and Urban Development. These Bryce continued her duties as monies fund projects, programs and Administrative Assistant. Town Counsel services which benefit low and moderate advised the Board as required. Total filing income persons, and develop and fees in 2014 amounted to $36,339. These maintain affordable housing for our most funds go directly into the General Fund. needy populations. The Community 1 Development Department is staffed by 2 department team who conduct monthly FT, and 2 PT positions. During FY2014, site visits of the neighborhoods to the Town received $477,548 in CDBG develop solutions and improvements from funds and $213,747 of HOME funds. a holistic, inter-disciplinary approach. The following summarizes several major accomplishments during 2014: Public Facilities Improvements: Housing Rehabilitation Assistance In 2014 CDBG continued to fund several Program (HRAP) public facilities improvements: The HRAP program provided technical Carey Baseball Phase I removal of assistance and rehabilitation loans for non-conforming bleachers and emergency repairs and substantial installation of ADA compliant ones rehabilitation to homes of income-eligible with path and parking homeowners. In 2014, the HRAP Rose KennedyLane ADA program assisted 11 eligible homeowners. 2014 also brought a new Housing Laundry/CommunityRoom Quality/Code Inspector. A shared installation of an accessible laundry position between the CD Office and the facility at an 80-unit elderly/disable FHA complex Inspectional Services Department, the Inspector provides housing rehabilitation and neighborhood code enforcement. Economic Development & Façade/ The shared positon allowed for targeting Sign Improvement Program In 2014, CDBG funds were provided to & marketing of the HRAP program to properties identified in the Code fund the FDR Main Street Executive Enforcement/Neighborhood Director position . In its third year, this Improvement Program. program provided technical assistance to forty seven (47) local businesses that serve Homebuyer Assistance area residents. In addition, over 6 public The CD Department continues to events were created to highlight administer downtown businesses and increase the customer base to downtown, most Down Payment Assistance Program a program which assists income eligible residents to become Framingham homeowners. In 2014, the CD Office participated in the Façade/Sign Improvement program, - Deluxe Dinner received 2-3 inquiries a month, reviewed 4 applications, and made 1 commitment to and Interlatin, - receiving technical assist a young, single mother. assistance and funding for signs that maximize business identification and Code Enforcement & Neighborhood improve the appearance of the Improvement Downtown commercial district Based on the need to arrest deterioration and improve targeted low income Public Services neighborhoods, CDBG funds pay for CDBG funds supported 5 public services housing code inspections in designated activities serving 308 low and moderate neighborhoods. In 2014, over 515 income residents. The following inspectional cases were conducted and programs were funded: Community 443 cases were resolved. This program Connections Summer Work Program, a works in tandem with the Code summer employment and counseling ' Enforcement Task Force, a multi- program for teens; Resiliency for Life, an enrichment program for at-risk high affordable housing; the purchase and school students; H.O.P.E., an academic rehabilitation of 117 Second Street, a and job search assistance program for 14-single family homed owned by the 21 year old residents of the Pelham II Framingham Housing Corporation, the Apartments; Literacy Unlimited, a literacy training program for non-native English for the rehabilitation of the Tribune speakers, and Framingham Adult ESL Apartments, a 53 unit elderly and disable Plus, an English-as-a-Second Language complex on Irving Street. program. Subsidized Housing Support Respectfully Submitted, In 2014, HOME funds supported on- Arthur P. Robert, Director going renovation and rehabilitation of Community & Economic Development affordable housing in Framingham: the Division creation of 5 accessible and sensory units at the Edmands House, a 190-unit of MWRTA(MWRTA) ETROEST EGIONAL RANSIT UTHORITY 160 Waverly Street, Framingham, MA 01702| 508-935-2222 |ed@mwrta.com In 2009, the Authority, through a Federal The MetroWest RTA was created by a grant, expanded again to create a link to vote of the Framingham and the Ashland the Woodland MBTA Station in Newton Boards of Selectman in December of (Route #1) setting the stage for using the 2006. By the summer of 2007, seven Charlie Card system wide. Additionally, additional communities had joined, a budget and fares were put in place, and an RIDE provision in Framingham and Administrator was hired to oversee the Natick expanding again the demand daily operation of the LIFT which had response provision by another 5,000 rides been under the Framingham Planning a month. Depa service was then initiated on December In 2010, the Authority, using state and st 1, 2007 with a new contracted provider federal funds, purchased and rehabilitated and 10 new buses obtained from Federal a facility at 37 Waverly St. which has and State grants. At the same time, the nd maintenance MWRTA was paying the MBTA to depot for the system. In 2011, Wellesley continue its RIDE service in the th joined the Authority as its 12 member. Framingham and Natick area. Additionally the MWRTA began collaboration with Framingham State In 2008, the original Framingham LIFT University, supporting a student operated and the Natick Neighborhood bus routes system with capital and training that is were integrated into a unified transit fully funded by the University. system. That year, Marlborough and Southborough joined MWRTA, In 2013, the MWRTA purchased the 15 expanding demand response service Blandin Ave facility from SMOC and has delivery by 2,000 rides a month. identified $10 million in federal and state 1 funds to rehab it and plan for intermodal The MWRTA will continue to build upon applications to the commuter rail. The the over 600,000 rides provided in FY14 Town of Dover has also joined the by using technology, an emphasis on Authority. customer service and the more effective and efficient delivery of transportation In 2014, the Authority began rehabbing service. For further details and for real the 15 Blandin Ave facility, expecting time transit options and customer service, completion in Spring 2015. A CDL please visit our website: www.mwrta.com. program was created through an earmark sponsored by Sen. Spilka. Towns of Respectfully Submitted, Hudson and Milford joined, bringing the Ed Carr, MWRTA Administrator total member of communities up to 15. FHA RAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY One John J. Brady Drive, Framingham, MA 01702| 508-879-7562 |bogrady@framha.org Formed in 1946, the Framingham In our state elderly development original Housing Authority (FHA) is led by a windows dating from 1966 were replaced dedicated five-member Board of in 80 units, and tree removal and paving Commissioners. were completed. Eight (8) units in our presently the interim Executive Director state family portfolio were rehabbed with and has a supportive and professional new kitchens and baths. In our Federal staff of 42. The FHA maintains over 1000 Family units site work was completed and units of Public Housing and over 900 needed roofing was replaced. units of rental assistance units in the State Funded Housing private market in cooperation with The Framingham Housing Authority federal, state and local authorities. administers 249 units of two- and three- Modernization/Preventative bedroom state-aided family public Maintenance Housing. The 110 units at the Musterfield As one of the largest property owners Development is a tax Credit property. within the Town of Framingham, the Oran Rd is a development of twelve (12) Authority takes pride in maintaining safe, one-bedroom units designed to house sanitary and affordable housing to its residents. The Authority has always placed family units. The FHA has 536 one- great importance on the need for bedroom units for elderly/disabled preventive maintenance, as well as Housing. The Authority also owns securing funds for many modernization twenty-four (24) units of state subsidized projects. handicap housing. Rental Assistance through the Mass. Rental Voucher In 2014 the Authority received approval Program (MRVP) includes 62 units of from the state agency Department of single room occupancy. Housing and Community Development Federally Funded Housing (DHCD) to complete the final phase of The Authority administers 125 units of the Memorial House interior renovations. Family Federal Housing and 110 The work will be completed in 2015. elderly/disabled units on John J. Brady Drive. The Authority administers 983 1 Federal Section 8 Rental Assistance Vouchers for privately-owned properties. Resident Activities The Activity Center at the Musterfield Place, which was dedicated in 2013 to Edward Convery who served on the Board of Commissioners for over twenty- five years, is thriving with new children participating daily in the programs. The Center offers homework assistance and computer literacy programs to children ages 9-14. The Hoops to Homework program is located at our Federal Family Development allowing the children homework assistance and computer literacy. Respectfully Submitted, Interim Executive Director Commissioners: Janice M. Rogers, Chairman Faith C. Tolson-Pierce, Vice Chairman Phyllis A. May, Treasurer Stephen P. Starr, Asst. Treasurer Robert L. Merusi, Member 1 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report RECREATION AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS P&RC|P&RD ARKS ECREATION OMMISSION ARKS ECREATION EPARTMENT C|CA C EMETERY OMMISSION OUNCIL ON GING P,&C ARKS RECREATION ULTURAL AFFAIRS 475 Union Avenue | 508-532-59600 | parks.recreation@framinghamma.gov Construction of the innovative children’s Joan Rastani served as chairwoman with grove at Cushing Memorial Park began in other members Barry Bograd, Kathy the fall and is expected to be completed Hauck, Dave Gudejko and Phil Reitz. by June 2015. This project was made possible through a $460,000 reimbursable Bob Merusi, longtime director of the grant from the Commonwealth’s Parkland department retired in March 2014. Acquisitions and Renovations for Through his 40 year directorship, he was Communities (PARC)program. The responsible for many capital projects and children’s grove, a newer concept in program improvements. Bob’s vision playground construction, will integrate changed the face of the department. His formal play equipment and the natural leadership was replaced by James Duane, environment using tunnels, tree stumps, former Deputy Director with 14 years of grade changes and other features. overall park experience. The Annual Town Meeting voted an The Division was successful in securing a FY15 operating budget of$2,735,703for Community Development Block Grant to Parks Administration, Maintenance and construct accessible baseball bleachers on Recreation. This new budget allowed for the west side of the Carey Baseball field at the restoration of two summer Rec Center the Bowditch Athletic Complex. Directors. Construction began in the fall and will be completed in the spring of 2015. With support from the Capital Budget Committee and Town Meeting Members, Mary Dennison Park is undergoing soil the following items were approved: testing and assessment by Fuss and O’Neil, the Town’s professional Mary Dennison Park Assessment consultants. This effort is being overseen Repurposing an existing F-650 by the MA DEP, who is working very vehicle from a dump truck to a closely with the Town Manager and the J-Hook system with interchangeable Board of Health. At the Spring Town body attachments Meeting, $60,000 was appropriated to Purchase of an F350 4x4 crew cab begin the assessment of soil conditions at pickup truck the park. As a result of elevated lead Purchase of an F350 4x4 regular cab content in the preliminary tests, the pickup truck eastern playground area was closed Callahan Center front entrance pending long term response actions. redesign and construction Based on some of the findings and Edwards Cemetery roadway additional testing requirements, Fall Town reconstruction Meeting appropriated $180,000 toward Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report the ongoing effort. MA DEP has included For the fifth year, we managed the ever former property owner, Avery Dennison popular “Friday Night Concerts on the Manufacturing Company, in the Green.” The eight week schedule of local assessment effort and their participation talent included the sounds of Chris Anders, has been pro-active. JC & Enfusion, the Reminisants, Hot Acoustics, Playing Dead and the Tom Nutile The departmentwas the host of the first Big Band. The weather prevented the MetroFest. This very successful event was Metro Band from performing but they will sponsored by the MetroWest Visitors return next year. We are grateful to the Bureau and took place at Bowditch many sponsors who made this event Athletic and Cultural Complex. The event possible including the Framingham drew about 7,000 attendees and included Cultural Council. over 25 food trucks, 70 crafters and exhibitors and headliner John Cafferty & The department sponsored many special the Beaver Brown Band on the main events this year with assistance of Friends stage. of Framingham Recreation. The highlights included the Egg-citing Egg Hunt, Santa’s We would like to thank Town Meeting, lil’ Sports, Movie Night at Bowditch and the many Town boards, committees, the 911 Ceremony at Cushing Memorial departments and volunteers for Park. Unfortunately, the traditional supporting our services. We would also Thanksgiving Eve Bonfire was canceled like to thank the hundreds of user due to a deluge of rain. These events organizations and volunteers for their continue to grow in popularity and size. continued support. The Town Beaches had over 11,000 visitors in spite of Lake Waushakum being Joan Rastani, Chair closed numerous times due to poor water Park and Recreation Commission quality. The successful 202 member James Duane, Director summer Swim Team, led by Shawn Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs O’Leary, was undefeated in the regular season and went on to win both the A & Recreation B Regionals and the Girls and Boys Mile The Recreation Department provides swim. The Wednesday Night Family programs geared toward a varied Track Meets sponsored by the Greater population including adults, youth, Framingham Running Club continue to seniors, preschool and those with special grow in popularity. needs. Services areprovided through a combination of user fees and public tax For the first time, we partnered with the dollars. During the past year, we offered Framingham Police Department to co- 358 different sessions in over 117 sponsor the Pumpkins in the Park event different program categories. New at Bowditch Field. After painting programs included Family Fun Night, pumpkins and enjoying all of the Supervised Playgrounds, Scientists at festivities including a mini train ride, Work, Archery, Guitar Lessons, Camera children and their families boarded a Classes,Softball Clinic and additional school bus to go trick-or-treating through Fitness Training and Adaptive Sports. the downtown businesses. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Grants that enhanced our 2014 programs planned maintenance program in addition included the Department of Conservation to a field use scheduling program and Recreation for the Massachusetts Park supported by policies and driven by our Pass; YouthWorks (formerly Future Skills) overall Mission Statement. This is a funded one summer counselor for our proactive approach enabling us to manage Recreation Centers while Project Bread our facilities to prevent over use and at and the United States Department of the same time, offer greater public access Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service to our facilities. provided free breakfast and lunch for the Recreation Special Needs Program. We Through our maintenance program, we thank them for all this assistance. In have been able to maintain a very high addition, we thank the Sudbury River level of quality on our high use turf areas. Tennis Club for their generous donation Our program continues to use a balanced to help defray the cost of the summer system of aeration, fertilization, seeding tennis lessons. Additionally, Friends of and mowing along with proper irrigation Framingham Recreation was able to grant inthe most cost effective manner. We numerous scholarships for Recreation continue to monitor our soil conditions Programs to families in need. and provide the necessary nutrient applications as needed. We would like to thank the Town Selectmen, Town Meeting Members, Each year we have requests to provide Town Staff and numerous community additional practice and game field volunteers for their support and facilities. The demand is constant and dedication. Without their continuedthere are few alternatives. Over use of support, we would not be successful in facilities and the decline in turf quality is offering quality programs to the residents still a major problem and concern for us. of Framingham. The strategy of field rotation and limiting use has worked in the past, but once again We welcome input from Town residents we are being challenged for not having and we value both your feedback and enough space for all groups. We’ve had to involvement in our programs. look at ways to change how and where some of the non-traditional user groups Trisha Powell are being scheduled. There is a definite Superintendent of Recreation need to look at some long range plans for James Duane, Director future field space, including the possibility Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs of adding synthetic fields to our inventory. Until this happens, we will continue to be Parks Maintenance asked to provide more use on areas that The Parks Maintenance Division provides are already seeing heavy use, requiring us safe and well maintained facilities for over to impact users and shut down fields for 15,000 formally scheduled events each costly renovations. year. Our user groups range from youth sports to corporate leagues. They Our Maintenance Department continues encompass many different levels of to provide support to the athletic organized sports as well as individuals programs of three high schools, enjoying passive types of recreation Framingham High, Marian High and activities. Our commitment in providing Keefe Regional Technical High School. well maintained facilities combines a well Other schools that rely on our department Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report for a portion of their athletic program The Marathon Daffodil project was very needs include Framingham State successful and added a colorful trail along University and Mass Bay Community the Marathon route. College. In addition to school athletics, the department provides scheduling of I would like to thank all our volunteers facilities for hundreds of other user and volunteer groups that supplied time groups from the Framingham community. and materials on projects this past year. Their support was invaluable. Our working relationship with Keefe Regional Technical School continues to We continue to work cooperatively with benefit the Park & Recreation department other Town departments and would like and the Town through in-kind services. to thank them for their continued This mutually beneficial relationship support. It would be very difficult for us provides the Town of Framingham with to achieve the success we have without access to cost effective, professionally their help. supervised electrical, carpentry, plumbing and metal fabrication, while affording Chris McGinty students the benefit of practical “real Superintendent, Parks Maintenance world” learning experiences in a James Duane, Director commercial setting. Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs The first phase of the CDBG funded Cemeteries project to install handicapped accessible The Cemetery Commission consists of a bleachers at Carey Field was well received. three member board appointed by the Through a second round of CDBG Board of Selectmen. funding, the west-side grandstands are anticipated to be completed in the spring Leone’s Landscaping is in the first year of of 2015. their grounds maintenance contract. We are happy with the services they have Through our Capital Budget program, we provided the town at our three cemeteries. were able to purchase two new vehicles and also repurpose an existing fleet The moratorium on the general sale of vehicle to a multi-use J hook style truck new lots is still in effect due to limited with changeable attachments. supply. The fee schedule for cemetery associated activities remained the same in The Capital project of reconstructing the FY14. The Parks Maintenance staff Edwards Cemetery roads will start in early continues to perform grave openings and spring 2015. performed one burial and one cremation internment at Edwards Cemetery during Our tree maintenance program continues the year. We continue to receive requests on a much smaller scale, concentrating on for historical records associated with the hazardous trees and trees with obvious cemeteries and are able to access an structural defects. We are requesting electronic database to promptly respond increased funding in FY16 to start making to most inquiries. progress on work required in this area. Due to maintenance concerns associated Our town wide beautification program with the mound tombs in two of our continues to be a successful collaboration cemeteries, we contracted with an industry with our department and outside groups. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report engineer to assess and report on their structural integrity. As a result,we are In April of 2014, the arena purchased a proposing a two phased project to address new electric Zamboni as a replacement for issues identified in the engineering report. the 18 year old machine. These machines Phase one will include a $38,944 request will be alternated on a biweekly basis in our FY16 budget to address the tombs which prevents the batteries from at the Main Street Cemetery. Phase two discharging in addition to prolonging the will include a $87,294 request in our FY17 life expectancy of both machines. Several budget to address the tombs at Old South major parts have been replaced to the Burial Ground. We have identified the older Zamboni this year including a lift need to accomplish tree pruning and bar, dog’s ears, pillar block bearings, down removals at all three cemeteries and are pressure springs and paint to the back of requesting these funds in our FY16 the conditioner. budget. Several minor capital improvements were We were able to make significant repairs accomplished in the arena this year. We to the entrance road of the Main Street replaced five deteriorated shower valves Cemetery this past spring. Roadway and shower heads with new energy reconstruction at the Edwards Cemetery efficient equipment. The arena now has was approved through the Capital Budget eight showers which are all currently and will begin in the spring of 2015. updated with water saving showerheads and valves. In addition, we recently Report submitted on behalf of the installed four new coin operated infrared Cemetery Commission by:heat controllers. As a result, arena patrons are now able to sit anywhere in Christopher A. McGinty the stands and activate one of the six Superintendent, Parks & Recreation infrared heating zones as needed to James Duane, Director increase their comfort level. To activate Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs the heat, each box requires four quarters for 30 minutes or eight quarters for 60 Cemetery Commission minutes. Barry Bograd Chairman Kathy Hauk In May, the marquee sign located near the Vacancy entrance of the arena was upgraded to a color LED system with increased Loring Arena functionality and visibility. With four lines of text display and color capabilities, the st In its 51year of operation, Loring Arena sign increases effectiveness of information continues to provide safe and reliable displayed related to arena events and skating services to a broad range of issues of Town-wide importance. community users, including community events, Parks and Recreation programs, all We were privileged to have Gracie Gold, levels of Framingham High School the US Olympic bronze medalist, practice Hockey for girls and boys, Northstar at our arena in January of 2014. Gracie Figure Skating Club, Framingham State was the 2014 US National Figure Skating University, adult hockey, Framingham Champion. Her coach was figure skating Youth Hockey, and public skating on a legend Frank Carroll who was impressed daily basis. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report with the ice surface stating “it was the best screenings and alternative therapies ice he had seen.” involved 1,924 attendees. The Social Services staff provided nearly 2,400 units The following is financial information of service to nearly 600seniors ranging relating to business conducted through from referrals for housing and the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. transportation, to securing various benefit programs, along with supportive Total gross revenue as of June 30, 2014: counseling. In addition, they connect with $514,221.42*many non–seniors to provide guidance Total Rink Operational Expenditures as related to their loved ones who are of June 30, 2014: $459,916.20** seniors. About 556 pieces of durable medical equipment were loaned out free *Higher revenue in 2013 reflects lump of charge. sum payment for a three year advertising contract with Mutual One Bank. Construction began in October 2014 on **Does not include health insurance and the design of a more accessible and safer debt service entrance to the Callahan Center. Richard Weston, Director of Loring James Duane, Director The Friends of Callahan Senior Center Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs was the charity designated to receive funds raised by three marathoners while Loring Arena Committee: they ran the 2014 Boston Marathon. The Joe Tersoni Co-Chair Friends of Callahan directed these funds Richard Callahan to the Continuing Connections program John Hart which provided 26 older adults dealing Robert Lewis with Alzheimer’s disease with free weekly Joan Rastani sessions of exercise, art and music Jack Jagher therapy, peer lunches, counseling support from social workers as well as Council on Aging opportunities for excursions to museums / and other cultural attractions. Many local allahan Senior Center C restaurants generously donated lunches The Raymond J. Callahan Center is a for the group to enjoy each other’s multi-purpose center offering programs, company off site. activities and services to promote healthy, successful aging for older adults and the people who care for them. The Council Two Title III grants from BayPath Elder on Aging Board assesses the needs of Services were renewed until September elders and advises on programs and 2014 to support the Continuing services to meet those needs. Connections program as well as extending the reach of the volunteer transportation program beyond medical appointments to Accomplishments: help seniors needing assistance to other About 1,855 seniors participated in 35,550 types of appointments or social events. activities and programs at the Callahan The volunteer transportation was renewed Center in 2014, with more than 12,243 of through September 2015. those involving exercise sessions. A variety of health education sessions, health Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Thanks to generous sponsorships and New events and happenings in 2014! donations from the community A collaboration of volunteers from the supporting their pancake breakfast fund Framingham High School Interact Club raisers, this is the third year the Rotary and the Plymouth Church, UCC along Club of Framingham has provided air with the sand donated from the DPW, conditioning units to 35 seniors living in resulted in 12 seniors receiving buckets of Framingham Housing. sand to keep their walkways safer during winter months. Staffing: In response to the growing incidence of Other events included the Framingham Alzheimer’s disease, the Continuing Fire Department providing an Connections Coordinator’s hours were informational session about fire safety and increased to 15 hours per week and this a new exercise option for a monthly became a municipally funded position in Laughter Yoga session was offered. Two July 2014. A new Customer Service sessions of art therapy and a series of Manager was hired in September 2014 to painting workshops were made available replace the manager who retired. as well. Four new craft options were offered during the year including beading, quilting, schlep tote bag and sock knitting. Volunteerism: The Diabetes Support Group was About472 volunteers donated more than resumed after finding a new facilitator. 9,800 hours to the Center in a variety of ways such as serving on the COA Board, Clint Knight, Chairperson Council on escorting seniors to appointments, Aging Board answering phones, working in the Heritage Gallery shop and helping with numerous activities at the center. Grace T. O’Donnell, Director of Elder Services James Duane, Director Approximately 124 of these volunteers Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs came from businesses, religious groups, and parents, teachers and students of several area schools to provide more than 900 hours to seniors living in the community. The SHINE program contributed more than 500 hours to provide more than 500 seniors with information regarding health insurance Multiculturalism The Bi-Lingual Outreach Aide continues to connect Latino elders with services and a weekly social program, along with an annual Hispanic Day in September. Mandarin speaking seniors receive ESOL classes twice a week. EDUCATION & LIBRARIES FPS|JP.KRTVS RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS OSEPH EEFE EGIONAL ECHNICAL OCATIONAL CHOOL FPL RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY FPS RAMINGHAM UBLIC CHOOLS Fuller Middle School, 31 Flagg Drive | 508-626-9117| shiersche@framingham.k12.ma.us theopening of a ninth elementary school due to increased enrollment, professional development for teachers and staff, and the addition of assistant principals. The latter were necessary to ensure compliance with the new supervision and evaluation procedures mandated by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Legislative Advocacy This year,the Committee again worked SCHOOL COMMITTEE closely with our Framingham legislative delegation in advocating for more Fiscal Year 2015 Budget resources forChapter 70 and Circuit The School Committee began the budget Breaker funding, as well asfor bills that process by taking into account projected could improve the work of our district. revenues, expected levels of state and We thankSenatorKaren Spilka and State federal funding, and increased expenses Representatives Tom Sannicandro, Chris due to Special Education and rising Walsh, and Tom Conroy for their enrollment. We were also committed to productive efforts in increasing state ensuring that all schools will have the funding received by the town. Our necessary resources to support collaboration with our legislators remains consistently high academic performance strong and productive. and achievement for all students.With these considerations, ourinitial budget for Chair Beverly Hugo was elected to the the school department was$110,685,437. Executive Board of the Massachusetts On April 16, the Committee voted to Association of School Committees submit a revised budget of $109,368,801. (MASC). Inthis important role, Chair This sum wouldinclude monies to Hugo wasable to advocate at the State support increased student achievement House and on Capitol Hill for legislation and to continue the rebuilding efforts that will benefit our students. Jim necessary after budget cuts in prior years. Stockless was elected Chair of the Boston Metropolitan division of MASCin In late May, Town Meeting approved a November, where he will lead forty towns FY’15 budget appropriation of in school board governance.The School $109,368,801, which included allocations Committee is proud of our ongoing for rebuilding(additional technologies), Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report leadership role in state-wide efforts to in the District Governance Support increase resources, efficiencies, and Project was the creation of a School funding for public education. Committee Member Handbook, which we discuss in the next section. Delegate Assembly Our Resolutions Subcommittee, convened School Committee Member Handbook by Jim Stockless and with members For the first time in its history, the Michelle Brosnahan and Beverly Hugo, Framingham School Committee authored two resolutions that were passed developed a handbook that explains all by the delegate assembly of MASC at the the duties, guiding principles, roles, and state convention in November. One responsibilities of being a school board resolution concerned “Universal Access to member. This guide will help new Quality Pre-Kindergarten,” the other was members become quickly acclimated to “More Accountability by Out-of-District the position and will serve veteran Special Education Schools.” MASC is members as a handy reference tool. Our now engaged in a statewide effort to turn Handbook is now being shown our resolutions into bills that, hopefully, throughout the state by MASC as an will become legislation. exemplary description of the expectations and duties of School Committee FPS Policy Manual members. The Committee completed a comprehensive multi-year review of our Communications district’s policies. The revised Policy The School Committee remains Manual went online to the public in April. committed to continuously and All policies have been updated to reflect aggressively broadening the public’s access best current practices, statutory to information through the use of ever- requirements, and contractual language. evolving technologies and communication We thank Convener Andy Limeri, Carol mechanisms. In this effort, we instituted Phalen, and Beverly Hugo as well as the Communications and Public Relations numerous teachers and staff for their Task Force, comprising a wide array of erudite guidance in its development. communal stakeholders. The Task Force is charged with assisting the School District Governance Support ProjectCommittee with implementing new The entire School Committee, along with procedures for providing comprehensive our superintendent, Dr. Stacy Scott, and transparent information to and from participated in an intensive six-month all stakeholders. professional development program with Nancy Walser of the Harvard Graduate Capital Budget School of Education and Dorothy Presser Fuller/Farley, King and Tutor/Perini of the MASC. During this project, we Buildings - Under the tireless efforts of learned about the characteristics of high Convener Heather Connolly and members performing school committees and Don Taggart and Michelle Brosnahan, the developed strategies to ensure effective Capital Budget Subcommittee met with and efficient school board governance. Director of Buildings and Grounds Matt This program received a prestigious Torti, Chief Operating Officer Ed national award, the Shannon Prize, for its Gotgart, and various Town Officials on innovation and highly touted turnaround numerous occasions to discuss and results. One outcome of our participation develop plans for solving the many Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report pressing problems arising from spatial filling seats vacated by David Miles (12- constraints due to increased enrollment year term) and Carol Phalen (5-year term), but no new building construction. In both dedicated and exemplary members. September, the School Department At the post-election reorganization opened The King Elementary School, our meeting in April, the School Committee ninth elementary school, as a elected Beverly Hugo as Chair, Eric Kindergarten STEAM (Science, Silverman as Vice Chair, and Heather Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Connolly as Clerk. School. Conclusion Interest Based Bargaining In closing, the School Committee would After years of traditional bargaining like to thank the district-wide teachers, (called positional bargaining), the staff, and administration who, despite Framingham Teachers Association, the limited resources and heightened School Committee, and senior district workload due to increased state and leadership decided to undergo federal mandates, continue successfully to professional training in interest-based serve our students with professionalism bargaining through the Rennie Center for and dedication. We are deeply proud to Public Policy. The training occurred be a part of this community-wide effort to throughout the fall. It is the hope of the ensure educational excellence for all of School Committee that this innovative Framingham’s children. We would like to training will allow us to reach amicable thank the citizens of Framingham and and fair contractual agreements by the their elected Town Meeting members and summer of 2015 for all bargaining units. officials for their ongoing and unwavering The negotiating team includes Beverly support of the Framingham Public Hugo, Jim Stockless, and Don Taggart. Schools. Significant Academic Progress It is truly a privilege to represent the This past year, all our schools showed Framingham community in supporting significant and demonstrable progress on our outstanding public schools! the recent MCAS examinations that were administered in spring 2014. We are Respectfully submitted, extremely proud that our flagship school, Beverly K. Hugo, Chair Framingham High School, ascended two Dr. Eric Silverman, Vice Chair levels to attain the prestigious “Level 1” Heather Connolly, Clerk status - the highest level in the state. The Michelle Brosnahan Barbieri School, our two-way bilingual Andy Limeri school, rose one level to achieve “Level 2” Jim Stockless status. It is our hope that the current Donald C. Taggart III strategic vision and targeted plan (Vision 2020) will result in the entire district SUPERINTENDENT OF achieving the coveted “Level 1” SCHOOLS accountability status in the near future. The state of the District is one of rebuilding after several years of budget The Committee Members reductions as well as the general downturn In March of 2014, Michelle Brosnahan of the national economy. We are and Jim Stockless were elected to three- encouraged that student performance is year terms to the School Committee, Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report improving across the District with signs of The strength of the tool is the useful rigor and character development with conversations between administrators and teachers vigorously engaged with students teachers. Teaching and Learning Alliance and in improving their craft. Teachers, (TLA) embedded professional parents and students are engaged in the development and coaching is producing pursuit of a clear vision of what needs to great results. TLA provides in-school be done to help improve student coaching and leadership training at outcomes. We still have much to do but primary and secondary schools we are confident that we are on the right throughout New England. Formerly path. With the support of the Town and known as CACD and part of the Eliot- the broader community, we believe that Pearson Department of Child the future is very bright for Framingham Development at Tufts University, TLA students. has a 23-year history pursuing its mission of ensuring that all children, irrespective Framingham’s state testing results indicate of background, receive the educational continued improvement in accountability preparation necessary to become levels and significant progress in student successful, thoughtful, and engaged growth and achievement levels. Advances citizens. We are making great strides in in English Language Arts (ELA) and curriculum redesign and aligning it to the mathematics were significant from 2012 common core. We continue to to 2014. At the elementary level for ELA, implement Reader’s Workshop an increasing number of students instructional model throughout the exhibited very high growth, meaning the system. Once fully implemented, this students performed better than 80% of model will help accelerate student the students who performed similarly over outcomes. New PreK-8 ELA curriculum the past 3 years. In math, Potter Road and units of studies will be completed by Elementary School increased the number end of year. New PreK-8 Math curriculum of students achieving very high growth is being redesigned to meet new from 9% to 23% and moderate and above standards. We partnered with Discovery growth from 47% to 66%. The High Ed to assist us in building units and School students increased the number of lessons in social studies and science students achieving high growth from 21% curricula. We are expanding curricula to to 36% and increased moderate and above include STEAM at the King Elementary growth from 67% to 75% and improved School as well as expanding the current the DESE rating for FHS from Level III program in place at Fuller. The STEAM to Level I. Barbieri Elementary School instructional framework offers an increased its DESE rating from Level III integrated, thematic curriculum reflecting to Level II and Dunning Elementary deep connections among the classrooms, School retained its DESE rating of Level I the environment and the real world. The for the second year in a row. Yet, learning environment will be rigorous, and Hemenway Elementary School remains the pedagogical model will be inquiry- one of the top achieving schools in the based instruction. The framework will be district as its students continue to perform piloted at King and Fuller and overtime th in the top 20% percentile of K-5 schools spread across other schools and grade in the state. levels. The District implemented a new Supervision and Evaluation tool this year. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report BUSINESS procedures are governed by state and federal special education laws and ADMINISTRATION regulations, namely, The Individuals with The School Business Office provides Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). financial and administrative support to the Framingham Public Schools is committed overall educational program of the School to the goal of providing an appropriate Department. The primary function of the education for students with special needs office is to provide accounting and in the least restrictive setting. oversight of the Town appropriated School Department Operating Budget, The following programs and services are Federal and State Grants as well as offered by the Framingham Public Revolving and Special Funds. For the Schools from Pre-School to High School: Fiscal Year 2013-14, the Operating Resource Rooms/In-Class Support, Budget approved by Town Meeting was Occupational Therapy, Speech and $102,115,427. Twenty-six (26) Federal and Language Therapy, Physical Therapy, State grants that total over $10,900,000 are Teacher of the Visually Impaired, overseen by the Business Office. In Orientation and Mobility, Adaptive addition, the Business Office manages Physical Education, Audiology seventy (70) Revolving and Special Funds Consultation. of the School Department that total $9,500,000 ensuring that the collection, There are forty-six substantially separate accounting and distribution of these funds classrooms in grades K-12. These conform to Town guidelines as well as students require comprehensive sound business practices. programming which is provided outside of the general education classroom for Business Office staff serves thirty-five more than 60% of the school day. These (35) Responsibility Centers by processing classrooms are located at six of our over 5,500 purchase orders with a value of Elementary Schools, all three Middle over $25,000,000. Schools along with the High School. This number also includes the New England The Business Office is also responsible Center for Children (NECC) Partnership for completing and submitting the annual classroom which provides programming End of Year Report to DESE which is for Framingham students who would the basis for the Town’s receipt of otherwise by in an out of district Chapter 70 Aid to Education that totaled placement. At the BLOCKS Pre-School, $31,805,023 for FY14. there are nine substantially separate classroom sessions. These students are Edward Gotgart, Chief Operating Officer also included in general education classes Chuck Gallo, Director of Finance and ancillary activities at each building. SPECIAL EDUCATION Inclusion programs have been established PROGRAM at all levels using a variety of approaches throughout the District, including a grade The Department of Special Education level inclusion model. The grade level provides a broad array of services for inclusion model maximizes the amount of students identified with disabilities from supports that are provided in the the ages of three through twenty-two. classroom setting. In addition, some The referral, evaluation and placement Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report teachers who are dually licensed in Special referred to as English language learners Education and Elementary Education (ELL). The primary goal of all bilingual have full time responsibility for Inclusion programming is to provide specialized classes at the elementary level. instruction in English language development to enable ELLs to access the Framingham is a model for Pre-School curriculum and achieve in an English programs for both children with special dominant environment. Bilingual needs and typical children ages three to education is an umbrella term which five. The placement of children with encompasses a variety of different types special needs in the Pre-School programs of program models. In Framingham, emphasizes language, communication and models range from Sheltered English social skills development along with Immersion to Two-Way Bilingual integration with non-special education Education, to Transitional Bilingual peers. Education, and include variations on each of these programs. ELD/ESL services are Framingham continues to see an increase provided to all ELLs in the SEI programs. in the number of children with Autism In 2015, approximately 20% of the and Developmental Delay at the Pre-district’s population is actively monitored School level. There is a significant or receives direct services in English increase in the number of students language development from the Bilingual identified with emotional disabilities at all Education Department. FPS offers levels. The severity of these disabilities specific programming and support for presents challenges to the school district 1310 ELLs at all elementary schools, 2 to develop new and innovative programs middle schools, Walsh and Fuller, and at in order to support these students in the FHS. Overall, close to 30% of the total public schools. student population comes from a home where a language other than English is In conclusion, Framingham has continued spoken. to implement and provide a comprehensive continuum of programs, Due to the dedication of the staff and services, and placement options for success of programming, FPS continues students with disabilities. Framingham is to be recognized as an educational leader fortunate to have an active Special in bilingual education. Our staff, from Education Parent Advisory Council faculty to administration, is solicited for whose role is to engage parents of input across the state and plays an active children with disabilities and to advise the role in Department of Elementary and Special Education Department. Secondary Education sponsored initiatives for ELLs. We have participated in various Laura Spear workshops and focus groups to lend a Director of Special Educationvoice to policy matters through the Urban ELL Director’s Network and have had staff both present and attend conferences BILINGUAL at the national conferences on World- EDUCATION PROGRAMS Class Instructional Design and The Department of Bilingual Education Assessment (WIDA), Massachusetts provides support and services to students Association of Teachers of Speakers of in grades K-12 whose primary language is Other Languages (MATSOL), not English. This student group is often Massachusetts Association of Bilingual Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Educators (MABE) and various other I respectfully submit this brief snapshot groups. We are also the host district for on behalf of the Bilingual Education the DESE SEI Endorsement courses and Department. the district’s ELL coaches and director have provided training to over 210 Genoveffa P. Grieci, M.Ed. teachers and administrators since 2013. Director of Bilingual Education The Bilingual Department also continues to lend its particular expertise to several FRAMINGHAM ADULT ESL Plus committees in the district reviewing Plus Framingham Adult ESL provides curriculum, assessment, intervention, critical educational support for parents of literacy, and data relating to the education children in The Framingham Pubic of all students in Framingham. Schools and for other adults new to the Framingham community. Improving the Outreach to parents of ELLs is a major English language skills of adults, helps to goal of our department. Framingham improve educational outcomes for their Public Schools is committed to supporting children, strengthens the local economy, parents of English Language Learners in and improves the communicative health matters pertaining to their children’s of the district as a whole. education and in providing access to school-related events and activities. The Plus In 2014, Framingham Adult ESL Bilingual PAC Advisory Council (B-PAC) enrolled 1422 students over the course of supports and carries out the work of the two semesters. Students from more than Bilingual PAC, Bilingual Education 40 countries attended morning and Department and school outreach to evening English as a Second Language parents of ELLs. During the 2014-2015 classes, citizenship classes, and High school year, we have joined forces and School Equivalency classes. An additional held successful parent events at the 200 students participated in volunteer-led Framingham Public Library and preparation classes. The program also Woodrow Wilson School. The Bilingual provides computer assisted instruction as Department in collaboration with the well as advising support. Framingham Adult ESLprogram sponsors courses in ESL for the parents 2014 was the first year of implementation of our students during the summer. All of a new Massachusetts High School these events are funded by the Title III Equivalency test. The HiSet test replaced grant. The success of the town-wide B- the long-standing GED test across the PAC and the tireless efforts of the school Plus state. Framingham Adult ESL staff district-wide B-PAC Advisory group worked diligently to implement materials reflect the extraordinary commitment of and instruction to help students succeed the Framingham community’s parents to with the new assessment. the education of their children and strengthens the ongoing communication Plus In 2014 Framingham Adult ESLmet or between school and home. exceeded all of the Performance Standards set by the Massachusetts Department of Education is truly a team effort and it is Elementary and Secondary Education. with great admiration and appreciation for Average attendance was over 85%, far the efforts of everyone involved, including exceeding even the advanced DESE teachers, paraprofessionals, tutors, standard of 77%. Framingham Adult parents, students, and administration, that Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Plus ESLalso maintains high student TECHNOLOGY retention levels which are a clear indicator DEPARTMENT of student satisfaction. Over the past The Office of Technology (OT) is decade, students have stayed with the responsible for all administrative, program for an average of more than instructional, and communications three and a half semesters, almost enough technology for the Framingham Public time for a bachelor’s degree. Schools. Sixteen locations are supported on our private fiber-optic wide area 2014 saw a continued shift in the diversity network (WAN) with over 9,000 users of our student population. Portuguese (5,500 network accounts), almost 4,000 speakers now represent 50% of students. computers, and over 1,000 VoIP (Voice The number of Spanish speakers has risen over Internet Protocol) telephones.The to 26%. Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Office of Technology is focused on French Creole speakers are also well- enhancing and streamlining the teaching represented in the program. and learning process with an efficient and accessible network, a robust and Web- Plus Framingham Adult ESLis fortunate to accessible student data management be part of the Framingham Public system, and IP-based and wireless Schools. The stable infrastructure and telecommunications. The Office of educational support provided by the Technology’s primary purpose is to school department has allowed support teaching and learning in the 21st Plus Framingham Adult ESL to develop Century. To this end, we leverage into one of the largest and most well- technology to improve the efficiency of respected adult education programs in the teaching and learning as well as the state. Support from the Framingham efficiency of administration through the community continues to strengthen our use of cost saving, innovating commitment and effectiveness. Our technologies. collaborations with other agencies help to provide students with the resources This past year, the Office of Technology necessary to improve their livesand put used capital funding to upgrade network down strong roots in Framingham. infrastructure throughout the schools. OT is in the process of upgrading connections th 2014 was also the 30 anniversary year for between schools to 10GB. In addition, Plus Framingham Adult ESL. What began enhancements to the district wireless as a grass roots town meeting effort has network continue to be implemented to become a strong and vital part of the expand wireless coverage in each school. Framingham School Department and the Additional investments have been made in community as a whole. A program wide district-wide network security and internet celebration featured “30 Words for 30 content filtering. Years” poems by students and staff. The student submission below says it best: OT continues to invest in cloud-based Believed in me-Cared for me-Changed tools and virtualization to allow access to me -Helped me-Learned much-Made data, documents and applications on a me feel good-Loved my classes- 24x7 basis from anywhere, with any Planned my life-Prepared me to help others that I meet Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report device. Google Apps for Education is the beyond the traditional school day. The core productivity platform for staff and officeis working to oversee and facilitate students and the Office of Technology a long range strategic planning process for and Educational Operations continue to moving the district towards building a collaborate to increase access to digital robust out of school time program.A content and to allow students to access feasibility study conducted last spring curriculum and assignments online. identified potential opportunities for creating a sustainable out-of-school time OT distributed more technology to the program inFramingham. CRD is hands of students and staff, leveraging currently working with the Executive technologies such as tablets and other Service Corps of New England to develop mobile devices. Across the district, the a financial model to move the work Office of Technology has placed IPads, forward. Currently over 2,250 Chromebooks and Android devices in Framingham Public Schools students schools for shared use. Additional student participate in out of school time learning devices were distributed to the programming. elementary and middle schools in the form of mobile carts. Each cart contains FINE AND PERFORMING 25 Chromebooks with device charging ARTS capabilities. The majority of schools The Arts are alive in the Framingham received two mobile Chromebook carts. Public Schools. In music we continue to With the seamless integration of Google rebuild our elementary school band Apps for Education, students have shown program. Seventy five percent of the increased enthusiasm and productivity. students in grade five are currently enrolled in our band program during the As a Race to the Top district, we have school day. In the K-5 general music implemented software services to build in classes we have introduced an exciting efficiencies and automation. With a new online curriculum. Quaver Music is continued focus on moving towards a an interactive platform that brings music digital environment, the Office of alive for our students and is an Technology continues to evaluate exceptional tool for our teachers. workflows and processes across the district in an effort to create a seamless Our middle school bands and chorus flow of data and communications and programs continue to grow and each reduce duplication of tasks. middle school also has a vibrant after- school Jazz Band component. Strings are George Carpenter offered to all students starting in grade six. Director of Technology At FHS, our in school program includes, Concert Band, Madrigals, Concert Choir, COMMUNITY RESOURCE AP Music Theory, Piano and Guitar. DEVELOPMENT Two of our students were selected to perform as a part of the MMEA All State The Office of Community Resource orchestra. Two vocal students and three Development (CRD) oversees the districts band students participated in the MMEA out of school time programs. The goal of District concert. The marching band has out of school programming is to provide won several medals at state wide festival enrichment and support to students Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report and hosted a marching band festival at MET Musical Theater competition and Bowditch Field in the Fall. Both our band will compete in the METG Middle School and chorus ensembles participate in one act competition in the spring. Fuller several adjudicated festivals including has also added a show choir as an MICCA. Our two high school jazz bands additional performance opportunity for also participated in the Massachusetts Jazz our middle school students. Education Festival. The Show Choir and Girls A Capella groups entertain at many TRANSPORTATION different venues around Framingham after DEPARTMENT school. The Transportation Department provides a vital service for the Framingham Public Our Visual Arts Department presents a Schools. Over five thousand nine K-12 Visual Arts show in March at the hundred public school students utilize bus Framingham Public Library. Over 200 transportation on a daily basis. The pieces of Art, both 2D and 3D are on transportation office continues to work display. Many of our elementary schools diligently to ensureour students safe and also enter the Worcester Art Month Show efficient transport. Massachusetts and the Massachusetts Art Educators General Law requires the School Show held in Worcester and Boston. In Departments to provide transportation to addition, 11 of our FHS artists were all children outside two miles of each recognized by the Scholastic Arts Awards respective district school in grades K - and their work will be displayed at the 6.To that end, Framingham provides Museum School in Boston. Our school transportation to over two curricular offerings have expanded to hundred students in non-public schools in include Ceramics, Painting and Sculpture Framingham. Due to budget constraints, classes. the School Department moved to a fee- based transportation program eleven years In our Theater Arts department one of ago for those students in grades 7 – 12. our students received an honorable The district does have limited seats mention in the Massachusetts Educational available for purchase for students who Theater Monologue Scholarship held in live within 2 miles for grades K – 12. December. The Framingham High School Drama Company continues to The District’s Transportation Department perform well in the METG annual one act successfully entered into our fourth year competition. The troupe has entered the of a five year contract with Durham competition for the past 12 years and has School Services. The Transportation been a state finalist in each of the past 10 Department works closely with the years. New course opportunities have Framingham Police Department's Safety been added, includingTheater for Young Division, the Framingham Fire Audiences and Theater for Social Change Department and the Department of as well as Musical Theater. Public Works. Theater has also been added to the Rick Gallagher curriculum at all three of our Middle Transportation Director Schools. Students are immersed in the art of speaking and listening with a direct tie to the Common Core. All three Middle Schools entered their musicals into the Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report BUILDINGS AND GROUNDS was installed,* master clock system was installed.* The Buildings and Grounds Department (B&G) currently maintains sixteen school- Fuller Middle School: A Statement of owned buildings comprised of 1,655,076 Interest was submitted to the MSBA square feet of building space and 265 requesting funding for a Feasibility Study acres of grounds, including athletic playing for repair/replacement of the Fuller fields, paved driveways, walkways, parking Middle School. An ADA compliant ramp lots and wooded areas. was installed at the rear of the building and classroom furniture was replaced in 4 The department employs 62 custodians, 9 rooms.* Portions of deteriorated air maintenance personnel, 3 office support supply duct work was replaced and staff, a maintenance foreman and a additional sections were repaired, cleaned director. Department objectives are as and reinsulated. follows: adhere to safety and health standards; provide cleaning and Cameron Middle School: Emergency maintenance inside and outside of replacement of hot water system was building structures; ensure security of required. Updated Tridium webservers buildings; plan for and monitor efficient were installed to support the (DDC) use; provide year-round maintenance of energy conservation program,* a master grounds. In addition to routine clock system was installed,* relined sump maintenance and cleaning of all buildings, tank for cooling tower,* library roof a summary of major projects by building repairs were performed. is as follows including projects funded Barbieri Elementary School: An ADA through capital project appropriation compliant lift was installed in the (noted by an asterisk): auditorium,* 15 cafeteria tables were replaced,* plaster repairs were performed. District: A stake body truck and 2 utility trucks were purchased via capital Brophy Elementary School: A master funding.* clock system was installed,* bathroom partitions and remodel was performed, Framingham High School: A shelving gymnasium floor was refinished. system for the Athletics Department Equipment Room was installed,* updated Dunning Elementary School: Updated Tridium webservers were installed to Tridium webservers were installed to support the Digital Direct Control (DDC) support the (DDC) energy conservation energy conservation program,* walk-in program,* Board of Health compliant refrigerator was installed in the kitchen,* three compartment kitchen sink installed.* an ADA compliant exterior railing was Hemenway Elementary School: An ADA installed*, electrical trench and manhole compliant exterior handrail was installed* repair was performed. storage tank replaced,* gymnasium floor was refinished, masonry repairs were Walsh Middle School: Driveway paving performed. performed,* safety glass was replaced, gang toilets were renovated, ADA Juniper Hill School: Asbestos floor tile compliant door hardware was installed,* was replaced* and the office was ADA compliant exterior railing was remodeled. installed,* ADA compliant interior signage Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report King Building: The King Building was The Department of Family and th reopened as the District’s 9elementary Community Engagement school. Paving replacement and storm Family and Community Engagement water construction was performed*, (FACE) is the department responsible for partial glass and window shade supporting meaningful engagement replacement, kindergarten furniture and opportunities among schools, parents and cafeteria tables were purchased* ADA members of the Framingham Community. compliant exterior railings installed.* These engagement opportunities are security access door systems installed, tailoredto support and increase academic intercom installed, gymnasium floor was achievement for Framingham Public refinished, masonry repairs performed. School students. There are four main areas under the umbrella of Family and McCarthy Elementary School: Masonry Community Engagement: Parent repairs were performed and air Information Center (PIC), Early conditioning was installed in the library. Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF), McKinney Vento Homeless Potter Road Elementary School: Updated Education Assistance and the Compliance Tridium webservers were installed to of the Compulsory Attendance Law. support the (DDC) energy conservation During the 2014-2015 school year program,* ADA compliant signage members of FACE will draft a strategic installed,* masonry repairs performed. plan in alignment with Vision 2020, Excellence and Equity, which will drive Stapleton Elementary School: Sinks and current and new initiatives for the Family toilets were replaced. and Community Engagement Division of the Framingham Public Schools. Thayer Campus: An HVAC dehumidifier unit was installed* and oil tank removed.* The Parent Information Center (PIC) is the area devoted to registration and Transportation Building: Repair of office school assignment for all students who trailer roof and floor, carpet replacement attend Framingham Public Schools. In and painting. order to fulfill PIC’s mission of providing students and families with a one stop shop Woodrow Wilson Elementary School: that offers enrollment and placement Relined sump tank for cooling towers.* services for all qualified students into Framingham Public Schools, staff It is important to note that a long-term 25 members of PIC work closely with other year capital facilities plan is utilized in departments in the district including: planning for the future needs in the Transportation, Health Services, Food District. Services, Technology, Special Education, Office of Bilingual Education and district Matthew Torti, Director of Buildings and leadership. In addition, PIC also works Grounds closely with Framingham pre-schools, Ernest Moreau, Maintenance Foreman head start, daycare centers as well as Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report community-based agencies. Along with communication providing linkages to the support of other departments, PIC community, regional and statewide provides the following services: the FACEresources. of the Framingham Public Schools to new and existing families enrolled in the school The McKinney Vento Homeless district and providing critical resources Education Assistance Act (1987)is a and information to all families; federal law that ensures immediate registration and placement for all students enrollment and educational stability for entering grades K-12; processing student homeless children and youth. transportation applications and Framingham Public Schools has a transportation fees; processing student McKinney Vento Homeless Education transfer requests; processes placements Liaison. The local liaison serves as one of for English Language Learner and Special the primary contacts between homeless Education students; reviews all medical families and school staff, district and immunization requirements. personnel, shelter workers, and other service providers. The Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham (ECAF) is a collaboration of The liaison coordinates services to ensure community advocates who believe in and that homeless children and youth enroll in actively promote early education. ECAF’s school and have the opportunity to Vision: Framingham is a welcoming succeed academically.The homeless community for families and professionals liaison assures expedited support and that provides access to comprehensive placement to families covered under this resources and support for the healthy act by providing immediate school growth and development of our children. placement based on the best interest of the student; immediate transportation The Coordinated Family and Community assistance; immediate assistance with Engagement Program is a program that locating required registration documents supports families, educators and before and after placement; support with community agencies in identifying and community resources to help meet the locating resources for parents and young student’s and family needs. Parents/ children birth through age eight. guardians and unaccompanied youth are fully informed of all transportation The Parent Child Home Program a services, including transportation to and nationally recognized early literacy from the school of origin, and are assisted program that provides home visits to in accessing transportation services; teach early literacy activities to families enrollment disputes are mediated in with young children ages 18 months to accordance with the requirements of the three years old. McKinney-Vento Act; Collaborating and coordinating with State Coordinators for Provider and Educator Support Servicesthe Education of Homeless Children and ensures access to opportunities for early Youth and community and school childhood directors and educators to personnel responsible for providing receive, share and exchange information education and related support services to through a variety of means such as:homeless children and youth. directors’ collaborative, email and peer-to- peer support networks, curriculum FACE also oversees the Supervisor of exchanges, guest speakers and ongoing Attendance, who is responsible for Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report ensuring that students attend school the needs of identified students. In this regularly. The supervisor of attendance is setting, Sage provides a differentiated also responsible for providing support and program of work which is based on recommending resources to students with abstract thinking skills, independent attendance concernsinvestigation, thinking skill behaviors, and . skills for self-help. Sage classes are GIFTED AND TALENTED interdisciplinary in nature, involve thematic study that is based on Common DEPARTMENT/SAGE Core standards and is part of the core SERVICES academic program essential for proper Sage services work in collaboration with growth and development. To promote other school departments to differentiate quality educational practices across the curriculum and instruction for students so curriculum and throughout the district to they may maximize their potential. Two maximize student potential the Sage methods are used to deliver services: Department: focuses on the academic, Classroom Integration Grades K-8 and/or social, and emotional characteristics of Pull-out Services Grades 2-8. Sage gifted and talented learners to address services exist in all elementary and middle their unique learning needs; utilizes data to schools. The integration component not target and engage all learners; infuses only provides for the modifications critical and creative thinking skills to necessary for the individual needs of increase the level of cognitive complexity; identified students, it also provides provides training to and partner with opportunities for thinkingskill classroom teachers, specialists and development for all students. The Sage support staff to differentiate instruction; staff serves as a resource for classroom fosters strategies to facilitate student teachers providing materials, lessons, and motivation, perseverance, tolerance for learning centers based on the integration rigor, and productivity, and; identifies and of thinking skills and differentiated promotes best practices to cultivate high practices into the grade level content. standards, high engagement and high performance within a growth mindset for The pull-out component is developed in a best results. prescriptive sense to address and support JP.KRTVS OSEPH EEFE EGIONAL ECHNICAL OCATIONAL CHOOL 750 Winter Street, Framingham, MA | 508-416-2100 | info@jpkeefehs.org This annual report is prepared by This report reviews from the perspective Superintendent /Director, Jonathan of the Committee the principle items with Evans, and composed on behalf of thewhich the Committee was concerned members of the School Committee of the during the year. It is a representative South Middlesex Regional Vocational account of matters solely within the policy Technical SchoolDistrict and making authority of the Committee and submitted after review and approval by also of matters which the the full Committee in compliance with the Superintendent/Director brought before provisions of the Agreement among the the Committee for information and towns of Ashland, Framingham,consultation. For greater detail and Holliston, Hopkinton and Natick. discussion the reader should read the Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report extended minutes of Committee meetings Carpentry – and the attachments thereto which are Holliston Historical Society – Replaced available at the school office. garage roof Ashland Housing Authority – Repaired In addition to a public high school, the sign and built shed South Middlesex Regional Vocational Framingham MWRTA – Built 4 x 8 bus Technical School District provides shelter continuing education opportunities for Framingham Housing - Sided addition adults through the Keefe at Night Electrical - Program as well as Summer Discover, a Framingham Parks and Recreation – summer program for area youth. Electrical work on facilities building Framingham Housing – Electrical work The Committee acknowledges with great for rough and finish completed appreciation the service of its Recording Framingham Police Station – Electrical Secretary, Elaine O’Toole, whose careful work on the new motorcycle garage recording of the minutes of the Hopkinton House Project – Electrical Committee Meetings makes possible the work performed preparation of this annual report. Plumbing- Hopkinton House Project – Plumbing The Committee reorganized on June 2, work performed 2014 with officers elected unanimously to Metal Fabrication- the following positions: Framingham Parks and Recreation – Completed backhoe bucket repair and Chair: John Kahn (Framingham) repaired tool box on a truck Vice-Chair: Edward Burman (Ashland) Framingham Parks and Recreation – Secretary: Frank D’Urso (Hopkinton) Repaired tool boxes for town trucks Replaced by Sarah Commerford Framingham Parks and Recreation – (Holliston) in November Repaired cemetery fence Assistant Treasurer: John H. Evans Town of Framingham – Fabricated bike (Framingham) rack and 12 satellite receiver covers. Repaired trailer gate Staff members working on behalf of the Framingham Youth Initiative – Fabricated District and School Committee are Elaine heart sculpture for Boston Marathon O’Toole, Recording Secretary and Jack Ashland Police Department – Fabricated Keating, Treasurer. battering ram Graphic Communication - Printing for The balance of this report presents a 13 Schools within the District summary of the discussions and actions of Ashland Housing Authority – Repaired the Committee on a number of the sign important matters brought before the Committee for advice or action. In addition, in June Keefe Regional Community Engagement Technical School hosted a breakfast for Staff and students of Keefe Regional the Community Based Justice Program Technical School participated in many (CBJ) that included District Attorney community projects throughout the Marian Ryan, Judges, Probation, School school district member towns. Examples Officials and area Police Departments. of these activities include: Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report It should also be noted that all five district communication capacity and internet town high school’s swimming teams speed. practice and compete at the Keefe swimming pool. The pool is also used by The end of life phone system was the Framingham and Natick Park and completely converted with back-up Recreation Departments. systems installed. New phones provide teachers the ability to receive voice messages from parents, a feature they did Administration not have prior to the conversion. On January 4, 2014, Jonathan Evans began in the role of Superintendent School Improvement Plans Director, after 19 years of service to the The School Improvement Plan for the district. 2014-2015 school year embodies specific performance objectives as follows: 1) The School Committee adopted goals for Creating professional development the Superintendent’s performance schedules that are based on areas of evaluation period from July 1, 2014 needed training for all faculty and staff, 2) through June 30, 2015. The goals adopted Strengthening the instructional strategies related to the following: Educator of all teachers to best accommodate Evaluation, Community and Professional differences in student learning styles, 3) Relations, Facility Needs Assessment, Fully transitioning to Naviance, a web- School Safety and Common based college and career planning Core/PARCC. program, for all students, 4) Analyzing attendance data to determine patterns and The Committee will complete its periodic trends and increase proactive strategies evaluation of the Superintendent’s regarding consistent school attendance for accomplishments against established goals all students, 5) Developing District and desired qualities established in the Determined Measures for pre and post DESE Rubric. The complete record of evaluations in all Career and Technical that evaluation is a public document that Programs, 6) Implementing a tiered will be available at the South Middlesex approach for students who experience Regional School District Superintendent’s learning or behavior challenges in Office. adherence with the Massachusetts Tiered System of Support. Technology The technology infrastructure at Keefe Professional development topics in 2014 Regional Technical School required included Special Education Plan changes and improvements to facilitate Development and Inclusion Services, the goal of a completely wireless Non-Traditional Student Recruitment in environment. All PC’s were retrofitted Career and Tech Ed, Curriculum with a wireless card and new replacement Framework Alignment, Health and units were purchased as wireless laptops Wellness, and Differentiated Instruction. or tablet devices. Specific changes also included transitioning to a mostly cloud The Committee reviewed the progress based server configuration, the reduction toward the goals of the 2013 -2014 School and replacement of facility technology Improvement Plan. The report of Interim switches, the installation of fiber optic Principal Snow noted tangible specific cabling creating a substantial increase in improvements in: 1) Common pre and Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report post assessments in MCAS subject areas, Auditor’s Report 2)Alignment to the new WIDA standardsThe annual audit by the independent in academic classes, 3) Increased content accounting firm of McCarthy & Hargrave based instruction in MCAS subjects in is in the process of preparing the financial Special Education classes, 4) The statements for committee review. During inclusion of additional math and English the preliminary process no material teaching strategies in Career and Technical findings were disclosed. It is expected Programs, 5) The implementation of the that the audit report that calculates our Common Core State Standards and 6) energy project will meet the stipulated Early College Awareness initiatives guarantee benchmarks for the 2013-14 through the Guidance Department. year. Handbook Business Office The Committee approved revisions to the The Business Office staff of the South Student Handbook that had previously Middlesex Regional Vocational Technical been approved by the School Council. A School District has continued to provide new protected category, gender identity, efficiencies within the daily operations. was included throughout the handbook, Human resource management, employee and the area of school discipline was benefits programs, procurement practices, updated pursuant to MGL c. 71 §37H3/4, contract proposals, grant fund accounting, which outlines provisions of grant management, student cafeteria communication and due process in management, student nutrition, budget student discipline. preparation and management, continuing education registration and inventory The Budget Processcontrol are all components of the business The Budget Sub-Committee members Mia office operations that have undergone Crandall, William Gaine, Dr. Stephen improvements and efficiencies. Kane, A.J. Mulvey, Michael Rossi (Budget Sub-Committee Chair), and Barry Sims A successful enrollment and transition to are beginning the FY16 budget The West Suburban Health Group was development process. completed. This organization is comprised of 17 area municipalities who In 2014, the Superintendent continued the purchase the health insurance in an practice of meeting informally early in the efficient cost effective manner. As a budget process with the financial officers result of this new affiliation, the District of the member towns to develop mutual can now offer health insurance plans that awareness of both municipal budget compete with the GIC benchmark constraints and the efforts of the programs and with multiple plan design Committee to manage the school options for employees. efficiently and effectively while recognizing those limitations. The Siemens’ Energy Conservation Project Committee continued to consider Performance Year 6: June 2013 to May reductions in the preliminary budget and 2014 Siemens Industry (Siemens) provided the budgetof $17,165,750 as submitted the South Middlesex Regional Vocational to the member towns for FY15 was Technical School District an energy approved by all. savings guarantee report. This report details the guarantee period savings by means of comparing the guaranteed Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report energy savings versus the realized energy Between the months of June and savings. Our Energy Performance December 2014, Keefe Regional Contract with Siemens guaranteed Technical School completed a full roof $715,315 in annual operational and energy replacement. The prior roof was 27 years savings which will be confirmed within old and very much in need of the audited financial statements. replacement. The district received approval from the Massachusetts School Enrollment, Recruiting and Student Building Authority (MSBA) at a Retention reimbursement rate of 69.89%. The Keefe Regional Technical School is a project was completed with the school of application. Maintaining a unanimous support of our five member healthy enrollment of students for our day towns. This project was completed well school operation is essential for our under budget and will serve our district financial support and overall operational for decades to come. success. Our enrollment has increased this year and we are expecting further An extensive upgrade of energy systems improvements in the future. The (HVAC and lighting), completed in 2007, Superintendent has indicated that he has resulted in the replacement of major believes that the quality and rigor of our mechanical components controlled by a school programs and the safety and comprehensive energy management culture of our school environment will system. The project has resulted in a lead to our success in attracting students significant reduction in total utility and their families to Keefe Regional expenditures. Technical School. The Superintendent has emphasized that the administration, In addition to the roof replacement faculty and support staff must work project, facility upgrades that were together to ensure that Keefe Regional completed in 2014 include replacement of Technical School continues to be the facility telephone communication recognized by our community as a career system (fiber optic cabling, hardware and and technical school of high quality. We software components), renovation of the have improved and will continue to Cosmetology Program, replacement of the improve our marketing strategies, auditorium sound system, renovation of communication with our school district the gym locker rooms, the addition of sending town middle and high schools, eight cameras to the existing surveillance and connection to prospective students system, replacement/reconfiguration of and their families. The enrollment on the main office work stations, retrofitting October 1 of 2014 was 709 students of shop areas for an HVACR Continuing reflecting a slight increase from the Education course, replacement of a previous year. vehicle lift in the Automotive Program and the installation of a new combination Buildings and Grounds oven in the Culinary Program. Keefe Regional Technical School has been occupied continuously since September of Facility projects identified for future 1973. The facility is used not only during consideration include replacing suspended the school day and year but also evenings, ceiling systems, renovating our Resource weekends and during the summer months. Center, repairing, crack filling and sealing Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report the parking lot, repairing/updating the Kansas City, MO where he finished 10th auditorium lighting system, replacing the in the nation. emergency generator, expanding the For the sixth year in a row, the Keefe surveillance system, pressure washing and Drama Club produced a play for the sealing the exterior building concrete and school and the community. The 2014 replacing essential vehicles. performance was 12 Angry Jurors, Adapted by Sherman L. Sergel. Rehearsals Student Achievement started in November and ran through The District received from the DESE its February. Twenty five students in grades annual report detailing Keefe’s 2014 9-12, including cast members, Accountability Data. From 2012 to 2014 backstage/lighting crew, and makeup in ELA the number of students scoring at artists participated in the performances. proficient or above increased by 7%. For All performances were well attended. math the number of students failing decreased by 4%. This fall, Keefe The 2013-2014 school year was the first Technical School was informed that year of offering Project Lead the Way according to the 5-level scaling systems (PLTW) courses at Keefe Regional created by the DESE under the Technical School. Introduction to accountability and assistance levels, Keefe Engineering Design was offered to has been categorized as a Level 2 school. students in grades 9 and 11. Our students Schools with an accountability status of saw great success in the first year of Level 2 are able to independently analyze PLTW course. Over half of the students disaggregated data for all student groups scored in the top 65th percentile of a to ensure interventions and supports are national assessment, with one student appropriately aligned to address needs, th scoring in the 94percentile. We have review the performance of students with added the second course in the PLTW disabilities, and consider improvement or series this year, and look forward to capacity building activities, as appropriate. continued success in the program in the On Wednesday, February 26, 2014, 636 coming years. students competed in the SkillsUSA District Competition held at Keefe General Advisory Board Regional Technical School. Of the The General Advisory Board consists of competitors, 98 were Keefe students who the Chair of each Vocational Advisory competed in Internetworking, Web Board. The General Board summarizes Design, Practical Nursing, and Graphic and brings to the attention of the Communications. Keefe students earned 9 administration and the School Committee gold, 7 silver and 8 bronze medals. 25% observations and recommendations of the of the Keefe competitors earned medals. advisory boards. The points noted for the current year include: the need to At the State SkillsUSA Conference in continually align the curriculum with May, Keefe Regional Technical School changes in technology; outreach to bring was awarded 1 Gold medal in Plumbing, 4 Keefe’s program to potential students; Silver medals in Screen Printing, First Aid increasing opportunities for students and and CPR, Restaurant Service and Sheet employers in the co-op program; Metal. A Keefe Plumbing student successful pursuit of grant funding for competed at the National Conference in state of the art vocational equipment; and Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report maintaining the license status of student professional programs that advance Keefe FRAMINGHAM students’ vocational entry opportunities. Nelson Goldin Michael Rossi New School Committee Members John Kahn - Chairman In August of 2014, after three years of Linda Fobes dedicated service representing the Town James Cameau of Hopkinton, Mr. Frank D’Urso resigned A.J. Mulvey from the School Committee. The John Evans Selectman of Hopkinton appointed Mia Larry Cooper Crandall as their town’s new representative. HOPKINTON Frank D’Urso replaced by Mia Crandall Respectfully submitted, Ruth Knowles Jonathan Evans Superintendent-DirectorHOLLISTON Sarah Commerford SOUTH MIDDLESEX REGIONAL Barry Sims VOCATIONAL TECHNICAL SCHOOL COMMITTEE NATICK ASHLAND Tassos Filledes Edward Burman Dr. Stephen Kane William N. Gaine, Jr. Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report FPL RAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY 49 Lexington St. (Main) | 508-532-5570 | library.public@framinghamma.gov Improvements to facilities, advancements process contributing both their heartfelt in technology, increases in programming, support and thoughtful ideas to the securing of grants, development of new project. With tremendous assistance from collections, and breaking ground for the Town Counsel, the Town Procurement new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library and Facilities Management Departments, highlighted a very successful 2014 at the the project was successfully put out to Framingham Public Library. public bidding. On October 10th the construction firm of Lupachino & Building the New Christa McAuliffe Salvatore Inc. of Bloomfield CT. was Library determined to be the qualified low bidder The Building Committee, working closelyfor the project. with our architects, Owner’s Project Manager, staff from the Massachusetts Despite rain from the tail end of a Board of Library Commissioners, and nor’easter, over 100 supporters of the Library Trustees worked steadily Framingham Public Library Foundation throughout the year to refine the building gathered at 746 Water Street in Nobscot design in preparation to put the project on October 23rd for the groundbreaking out to bid. ceremony for the new Christa McAuliffe In conjunction with the $7,988,329.00Branch Library. Library patrons, voted to fund the project by Town members of the Board of Selectmen, State Meeting Members, the Town receivedand Town officials, and library staff, all three installments ($2,511,936.00) of a participated in wielding a shovel to “break $4.2 Construction Grant from the ground” at the event. Significantly, Massachusetts Board of Library Christa McAuliffe’s family was well Commissioners. The grant will be used to represented when her nephew Mark offset the total project cost for the Town. Bristol, her sister Lisa Bristol, and her brother Christopher Corrigan joined with We are most appreciative of the supportFramingham Town Manager Robert J. and cooperation the project continues to Halpin to celebrate this project milestone. receive from numerous Town Departments, Boards and CommissionsasMeanwhile, the Framingham Public we worked through the planning, design Library Foundation continued to work and permitting process. We are especially diligently toward the goal of raising appreciative of the input and support $600,000 in support of this project. We received from the Town of Framingham are appreciative to all that gave generously Planning Board. Board members, in their to the project and to everyone that official jurisdiction, made requests of ourattended the numerous fundraising events designers that will undoubtedly contributesponsored by the Foundation. Please visit to the overall success of this project. The the Foundation’s link on the Library’s web Library Building Committee also page to learn how your generosity can expresses its appreciation to the numerous help us reach our goal. citizens of Framingham who were in Improving Accessibility attendance throughout the permitting The new Lexington Street entrance, Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report generously funded by Town Meeting, was installed at both the Main and Branch completed in September. Demolition of libraries. the parking garage and construction of the stairs, ramp and new surface parking lot We installed new printers for our patrons would inconvenience library users for including a wireless one that allows many months. Library patrons were patrons to print easily from smart phones, patient and understanding throughout the tablets and laptops. construction as they coped with finding on-street parking in the busy downtown. We added the capability for library Several businesses and organizations patrons to apply for a library card online approximate to the Library generously which then results in immediate access to provided our patrons access to their our digital services and resources. parking facilities during construction. We built upon a successful first year of On September 3rd Library patrons, migrating to a Radio Frequency Building Committee members, and Identification (RFID) environment to members from the Town Disabilities expedite Collection and Circulation Commission were present when Board of management services. We once again Selectmen member Charles J. Sisitsky cut deployed the “Library Summer Youth a ceremonial ribbon officially re-opening Corp” to install RFID tags in books and this entrance to the Library.A/V materials. The Corp, consisting of six young people, tagged over 55,000 New Collections and Technology items. We developed a comprehensive The Library improved its collections and phased plan for the next steps in RFID technology services to the public in implementation including deployment of several waysthis year. The Reference hardware that “captures” the significant Department continued to transition from efficiencies that RFID provides at print resources to online resources. circulation points. Databases to support entrepreneurs, businesses, students and job seekers were In the coming year, RFID holds the added to the collection. Thirty-six eBooks promise of tremendous advancements in were added to the Gale Virtual Reference customer service, inventory management, Library covering the topics of business, and Collection security. health, travel and more. Finally, we upgraded our servers, switches The Library launched the exciting new and software to ensure a network that is online resources Hoopla and Zinio. robust and secure for staff and patrons. These collections provide library patrons We wish to express our appreciation to the Town Technology Services with thousands of movies, television shows, magazines, music and audiobooks Department for their assistance with this for free. Because this service can be and many other improvements accessed from home, or the office, and throughout the year. from mobile devices, it has re-positioned the Library to be a 24/7 operation. Unique Programs and Services The Library fulfilled its commitment of We upgraded our wireless network to addressing the unique needs of a diverse keep pace with patron demand for this community with specialized services. service. New Wi-Fi access points were Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report The Library’s Homework Center participated in each of the October and continued to offer free tutoring and March programs. Support for this homework to all Framingham students, program was provided in part through the elementary through high school. This generosity of its membership. The afterschool program hasassisted hundreds Danforth Museum, the Boys and Girls of students with school assignments while Club, and the Callahan Senior Center all reinforcing the Library’s role as an collaborated in the success of this essential resource in their educational program. pursuits. The Library’s adult programming was The Literacy Unlimited program once again diverse and attracted large and provides a solid, comprehensive program enthusiastic audiences. Our missionis to for training and supporting volunteers to provide a variety of cultural and teach basic reading, writing and/or math informational programs that educate, skills to adult learners, including those for entertain, and enrich our audiences. FPL whom,English is a foreign language.is one of the few libraries in the Dedicated to increasing public awareness Commonwealth to offer Friday evening of the need to eliminate illiteracy in our programming. Our Friday Night Film community and expanding the availability Series regularly attracts large and of educational programs that accomplish enthusiastic crowds. Our Sunday Concert this. The program is based on the belief Series and Summer Concert Series provide that literacy strengthens society and a variety of classical and popular music promotes equality among its members. with emerging artiststhat regularly attracts capacity crowds. Our weekday evening Reaching out to the Community events have included programs on a great The Library collaborated with many variety of subjects including use of Social organizations responding to community Media, Poetry, Opera, Historical events, needs and providing a wide variety of Broadway Theatre, Cooking programs, educational and enriching programs. This Poetry workshops, Author visits, year, 8,871 people attended 286 Library Documentary films, etc. At the request of sponsored adult programs at the Main many patrons, we started a new Thursday Library, an increase of 25 programs over afternoon Movie Matinee and a new the previous year. Highlights of the year writing workshop program. We included the expanding community appreciate the efforts of our local media, participation in our two Lifelong Learning newspapers, and online forums in helping Programs that are collaborations with us publicize our programs to the Framingham State University. Our community. Thanks to the many Lifelong Learning Lecture Series volunteers who have assisted Library staff presented 20 lectures by scholars fromthe in making these programs possible and University as well as other colleges and especially to the Friends of the universities in the area. Lectures on a Framingham Library who financially variety of topics were given on Thursday support our efforts. We also appreciate evenings at the Library and attendance the financial support from local once again increased substantially over the businesses, the Framingham Cultural previous year. The daytime classes for Council and several local foundations that seniors, held on Tuesdays in March and have helped defray the costs of October were so popular that we had to programming. Contributions from local limit registration. More than 200 seniors markets, especially Whole Foods and Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Trader Joe’s, have enabled us to serve Doherty, Vice Chair; Maria Barry, refreshments at adult programs. Secretary; and Arthur Finstein, Treasurer. The other Trustees are, Nancy Colville- Friends of the LibraryWallace, Robert Dodd, Jan Harrington, The Friends of the Framingham Library Ruth Winett and Christopher Walsh. Association, Inc. continued their long tradition of dedicated work on behalf of We appreciate Town Meeting’s the Library. The Friends, through their recognition of the importance of our monthly book sales, raised thousands of libraries to citizens of all ages. We also dollars to support collections, programs value the ongoing support of the Board of and special projects.There are numerous Selectmen, Town Manager, Assistant and rewarding volunteer opportunities Town Manager, Chief Financial Officer, that will fit just about anyone’s schedule. Town Counsel, and the collegiality and Please consider joining this essential tremendous support of other Town organization! Departments. We also appreciate the support of the Finance Committee, the Library Trustee News Planning Board, and the Standing In April, incumbents Arthur Finstein, Committee on Education, Capital Samuel Klaidman, and Jo-Anne Budgets, DisabilityCommission, Ways Thompson were re-elected to serve as and Means and other committees. Trustees for three-year terms. Elizabeth Roy was elected to a three-year term as a Respectfully submitted, write-in candidate. For the Board of Library Trustees Mark J. Contois, Director of Libraries In May, the Trustees elected the following officers: Elizabeth Fideler, Chair; Eric Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report GENERAL COMMITTEES CAC|CBC|CC ABLE DVISORY OMMITTEE APITAL UDGET OMMITTEE ULTURAL OUNCIL CCAC|DC|EGCT USHING HAPEL DVISORY OMMITTEE ISABILITY OMMISSION DGELL ROVE EMETERY RUSTEES FC|GSC|HDC|H INANCE OMMITTEE OVERNMENT TUDY OMMITTEE ISTORIC ISTRICT OMMISSION ISTORICAL C|HRC|RPC|TA OMMISSION UMAN ELATIONS OMMISSION EAL ROPERTY OMMITTEE ECHNOLOGY DVISORY C OMMITTEE Cable Advisory Committee The Cable Advisory Committee took the After this review, the CBC meets with following actions: representatives of each department to discuss their recommended capital Reached an agreement with Comcast requests in depth. The CBC then votes for a buyout of the Institutional on whether to recommend each individual Network that Comcast formerly request to Town Meeting for their maintained. The money will mainly be approval. used for cable related needs. Continued the ascertainment process The CBC also presents the results of their deliberations to the Finance Committee a new franchise agreement with and the Standing Committee on Ways and Comcast. Means before the start of the Annual We assisted Framingham residents Town Meeting with repair and billing issues on their cable TV service. Cultural Council The Massachusetts Cultural Council gave The members of the Cable Advisory the FCC $17,510, along with $4,500 from Committee are: W. Peter Barnes, Annabel corporate donations and used funds from Dodd (Chair), Ron Rego, Norma Shulman the Framingham Bracelet Account to  and Mort Shuman. grant a total of $25,428 to 35 applicants. Capital Budget Committee The l Contributor of the The Capital Budget Committee (CBC) for her consists of six Town Meeting Members leadership in the campaign to raise funds appointed by the Town Moderator, and for a new Framingham Branch Library. one representative from the Finance Committee. The role of the CBC is to The 2014 FCC Bill Collins Memorial Arts recommend to Town Meeting for Scholarship was awarded to Sara Goulart, approval all capital projects with a cost of a student at the Learning Center for the at least $25,000 and an expected useful Deaf who will attend the National life of five years. Technical Institute of the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. The CBC receives the recommended capital budget items from the Chief Respectfully submitted, Financial Officer (CFO) ninety days prior Diane M. Hartung, Chair; Mary Jane to the start of the Annual Town Meeting. Dotson, Clerk, Rita Collins, Treasurer and The CBC then meets with the CFO to members Norma Kent and Judy Levine. discuss the recommended items as well as an extensive review of the capital needs of For info: mass-culture.org/Framingham the town and schools. General Committees194 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Cushing Chapel Advisory Committee We had many guest presenters attend our The Cushing Chapel Committee has been meetings to update us on their access working at keeping the chapel busy with plans: weddings and other functions. The Matt Torti, Director of Buildings chapel is available for rental by contacting & Grounds for the Public schools the Facilities Management Department. Jim Duane, Director of Parks and Make an appointment to see inside this Recreation and Tom Begin, of historic building. Parks & Recreation Disability Commission Deputy Chief Trask, Framingham Members: Karen Foran Dempsey (Chair), Police Department to present Susie Santone (Vice Chair), Elise Marcil Smart911 program (Clerk), Rose Quinn (Treasurer), Craig Coleman, Jennifer Davis, Kathie Patrolman Jeff DeRosa and McCarthy, Dennis Moran. Police-dog Cam, Framingham Police Department to present A member of the Disability Commission Cam and explain the Narcotics attended a seminar held by The Disability Dog Training Program Law Center about the new medical marijuana law in Massachusetts. The Holli Andrews, Director of seminar focused on the history of the law, Framingham Downtown the need for medical marijuana, police Renaissance issues, and getting the medication before the legal dispensaries are open. David Correia, Director of Advocacy at Metrowest Center for The Disability Commission co-sponsored Independent Living (MWCIL) the Transition to Adulthood Conference held at Framingham High School. The Dan Candee, Property Owner of vonference provided advocacy resources, 125 Newbury Street information & referral, and support services to assist children (and their Although several groups expressed families) as they transition into adulthood. interest in receiving funds from the HP Fine account, unfortunately no one came Commissioners served on the Libary forward to formally request funding.. Accessible Building Committee to assist in the design development of two new We look forward to working closely with accessible entrances. In September, the all Town departments, BoS and TMM to Commission attended the ribbon cutting ensure that Framingham is in compliance ceremony to celebrate the opening of the with State and Federal access regulations. new accessible Lexington St. entrance. We look forward to assisting with the Sincerely, second accessible Pearl St. entrance. Karen Foran Dempsey Chair, Disability Commission In October, several members of the Disability Commission attended the Metrowest Center for Independent Living (MWCIL) Gala roasting Dennis Giombetti, retired Chair of the BoS. General Committees195 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Edgell Grove Cemetery and revolving funds and monitoring the Mausoleum Edgell Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum had a very successful year as the The workload for the Finance Committee community becomes familiar with the requires a commitment of significant time beautiful grounds and peaceful from the volunteers who serve on it. In setting. We had 70 full burials, 45 2014, the Finance Committee met 16 cremation burials, 62 plot sales, 17 times, and participated in the Annual mausoleum sales, 5 mausoleum interments Town Meeting and one Special Town and 3 chapel rentals. Meeting. With the completion of the Chapel Members often have significant renovation we have received very positive responsibilities beyond regular Finance feedback and have seen new interest in its Committee meetings. The Committee use. We would encourage anyone to provides representatives to the Real visit this beautiful building. Property and Capital Budget committees under Town bylaws. The Committee The mapping system is ongoing and has routinely appoints liaisons to Keefe Tech taken awhile since it had not been updated and the School Department to monitor since the fire destroyed a number of their independent budget development original maps. This has been a huge - undertaking but the end is in sight. member Audit Subcommittee meets with t firm and the With the passing of Stanton Fitts, Peter to resolve Whiting was appointed by the audit findings. Selectmen and has brought his knowledge of machinery and some insight As part of a three year budget plan, the to the Cemetery as he has worked on FY15 budget allowed for continued some of the projects prior to his joining strategic investments both to the town the Board. and the schools. At that time we reorganized with Susan Framingham Schools approx. Silva as Treasurer, John Silva as Secretary, $2.1M as part of a two year plan for Barbara Ford as vice chair and Kathy District Rebuilding Griffith as Chair. Police approx. $363.6K Establish Litigation Contingency Finance Committee Fund - $125K The Finance Committee is comprised of Establish Capital Stabilization Fund nine members appointed by the Town approx. $91.7K Moderator for a term of three years. It EconomicDevelopment recommends action to Town Meeting Corporation(EDIC)-approx. $110K regarding the budget and other areas of finance. Other key responsibilities include The Finance Committee remained authorizing disbursements from the focused on the long-term financial health Reserve Fund for emergency expenses, of the Town. authorizing deficit spending for emergency winter-related expenses, approving the expenditure ceiling for General Committees196 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report A key in making sure that the Town has The Finance Committee thanks John the ability to manage any future down-Zucchi (2014) for his extensive support turn in the economy is to remain focused and leadership. We also express our on thoughtfully controlling expenses and appreciation to CFO Mary Ellen Kelley growing revenue responsibility. The and Assistant CFO Jennifer Pratt for their following are recommendations of the ongoing expertise and support. Committee to the Town. Respectfully Submitted, Kurt Steinberg, Chair, 2014 Framingham needs to continue with a comprehensive plan to Government Study Committee grow commercial revenue; The Government Study Committee met The CFO should continue the 12 times in 2014, focusing its efforts on long term plan to fully fund Other the review and introduction of proposed Post Employee Benefits (OPEB); bylaws. The committee also sponsored The Town should ensure that bylaw changes at Fall Town Meeting that salaries and benefits do not grow eliminated the bylaw banning motor faster than projected revenue and scooters in Framingham, and added the expand employee healthcare cost explicit inclusion of parking lots as one of sharing; the items evaluated and under the The Framingham Schools should jurisdiction of the Nuisance bylaw, used project a 10-year special education by the Inspectional Services Division. growth cost and options to reduce the impact on general education During the 2015 Annual Town Meeting, and share with Town Meeting; the committee is asking that Town The Town should continue to Meeting Members reduce the size of build the stabilization fund; Government Study to 9 members, with a quorum of 5. If this provision is adopted, The Town should continue with there will be three open seats on the the comprehensive maintenance Government Study Committee. There are and capital plan for all town- six vacancies under the current bylaw owned buildings; provisions. Together Town/School operational efficiencies should be Historic District Commission maximized. The Historic District Commission held 10 meetings during 2014. The following Reserve Fund appropriations were made in FY 2014: In June, the Board of Selectmen $125,000 for the Legal Budget; $60,000 reappointed members Helen Lemoine, for the Facilities Department. Ted Grenham and Henry Field. Steve Greeley was appointed, in December, to Members of the Finance Committee as of fill the vacant position of District December 30, 2014: Kurt Steinberg, Chair Resident. All appointments are until June (2015); Ambar Sarkar, Vice Chair (2017) of 2017. In July, the Commission Mahmood Akhtar, Clerk (2016); Elizabeth reorganized and re-elected Gerald Couto, Funk (2016); Leonard Finkel (2016); Scott A.I.A., Chair, and Susan Bernstein, Vice- Estes (2015), Nancy Wilson (2015); Chair. The position of clerk remains George King (2017) and one vacancy. vacant and is rotated among the members General Committees197 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report monthly. This year the Commission lost Submitted for the Commission by the services of two valued members, Ron Gerald Couto, A.I.A., Chairman; Susan Lamphere and Sandi Marder. We thank Bernstein, Vice-Chairman; Henry Field; them both for their contributions to the Amy Finstein, Ph.D.; Julie Ferrari, Commission. A.S.L.A.; Ted Grenham; Jim Kubat, A.I.A.; Ron Lamphere, Helen Lemoine; The Commission hired a professional Sandi Marder, Calvin Smith; Steven consultant, Communities Opportunity Greely. Group, to prepare a report and assist with a Public Hearing, to fulfill the Historical Commission requirements of State Statute, in Members: Chair: Fred Wallace preparation toward adding eight Vice Chair: Paul Silva properties to the Centre Common Clerk: Susan Martone Historic District. A Public Hearing on Gerald Couto this matter was held, as required, on 8 Jane Whiting October 2015. A number of attendees Thomas Schuetz spoke in favor of the article and while Lewis Colten there were concerns, no one spoke against Staff Support: Daphne Collins the proposed article. As a result the Commission filed an article for inclusion We began a in the 2015 Annual Town Meeting Inventory of Cultural Resources was Warrant to add said properties to the begun. It was last updated in 2002, and is District. an important tool for the work of this Commission. It will be complete in 2015. During the year, the Commission held two public hearings issued one Certificates Seven applications for demolition permits of Appropriateness and one Certificate of were approved. A request for support of Non-Applicability. One request for a Historic Tax Credits for the Tribune public hearing was withdrawn without Apartments (Irving Square National prejudice. Register District) was approved. Three signs identifying the boundaries of Several signs were designated as the Center Common Historic District historically significant La Cantina, were erected with the assistance of the Waverly St., Famous Pizza, Nicholas Town Highway Department. The Road, and the Deluxe Depot Diner on Commission also continued its Waverly. Street. discussions regarding: new Historic Districts in the Belknap Road area and An exciting development this year was the two single building Historic Districts, the restoration and reopening of the H. H. erection of signs marking the existing Richardson train station downtown, as the Jonathan Maynard Historic District, Deluxe Depot Diner. On the National revised language that will assist the Register of Historic Places, this building is Commission in the performance of its duties and revisions to the Historic resources. The Commission provided District Information Pamphlet. The support for the process that led toward Commission looks forward to completing reopening. these unfinished projects during the coming year. Fred Wallace, Chair General Committees198 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Human Relations Commission with reviewing any proposals concerning The Human Relations Commission holds property which is purchased, sold, meetings on the second Thursday of each transferred, or leased by the Town. Its month in Lower Nevins Hall. At present recommendations are made to Town we have seven members and two advisors. Meeting before Town Meeting Members Our By-Laws allow us to have thirteen vote on any such proposals. members. The committee met twice in 2014. In This year we had open discussions on the April it considered four articles in the Mary Dennison issue and its impact on Annual Town Meeting Warrant: Article 5, the Beaver Street Cothe authorization for the School issues as they relate to homelessness and Committee to lease administrative space suicide within our community; the for up to five years, and Articles 28, 29 progress of the Downtown Renaissance and 30 concerning street acceptances. All Project; violence on campuses. We also articles were supported by the committee. participated in Welcoming Framingham activities and the Downtown Framingham In the October Town Meeting warrant we Implementation Plan. We have continued supported Article 15 which would accept to develop our relationship with the the Snow Property on Wayside Inn Road Massachusetts Association of HRCs. for conservation purposes. Our main event was the forum on Ned Price Acting Chair collaboration with Framingham State Technology Advisory Committee University. Featured speakers were Sgt. In 2014 the TAC continued to work with Richard Pomales of the Framingham the town technology departments to Police Department, Jen Snook of the review technology initiatives and purchases. We built relationships with other committees to build synergies The Commission is looking for between different committees and the individuals who are interested in the TAC. Framingham Community and can help to bring attention to information on The TAC looks forward to working with challenging issues. Please Contact the town manager and town moderator Chairman Robert Anspach at more closely in 2015 and to continue to bobanspach@aol.com. work with our existing partners. Real Property Committee Adam C. Levensohn, Chair The Real Property Committee is charged General Committees199 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report TM|SCCS OWN ODERATOR TANDING OMMITTEE ON OMMUNITY ERVICES SCE|SCP&Z TANDING OMMITTEE ON DUCATION TANDING OMMITTEE ON LANNING ONING SCPS|SCPW TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC AFETY TANDING OMMITTEE ON UBLIC ORKS SCR|SCW&M|TM TANDING OMMITTEE ON ULES TANDING OMMITTEE ON AYS EANS OWN EETING J OURNAL 7RZQ0RGHUDWRU139 better than 50%. 29 TMM lost seats The role of Town Meeting, the legislative because they attended less than 25% of body of the town, is to appropriate funds the meetings (21 attended 2 or fewer). (such as budgets and capital projects), to make general bylaws and zoning bylaws In 11 sessions, Town Meeting completed and vote on other items that are on the a 44-article Annual Town Meeting Warrant, such as street acceptances, Warrant, passing an operating budget of classification plans and collective almost $237 million including $118 bargaining. The Town Meeting acts on a million for the schools, approving and Warrant, (meeting agenda) that is set by authorizing capital budget items, public the Board of Selectmen. works projects, legal settlements, street acceptances, as well as taking up several citizen petition articles, approving sections over Town meeting, to set procedures for of Massachusetts General Laws to the meeting, to keep TM running expedite our town government and smoothly & to keep discussion on topic, businesses, and various general bylaw and in accordance with the Warrant. zoning bylaw articles. The Moderator also appoints 6 important The Fall Special Town Meeting finalized committees: Finance, Capital Budget, Real the fiscal year 2016 budget, advised the Property, Government Study, Technical Selectman on the tax levy for the next Advisory and the Personnel Board. fiscal year as proscribed by a new bylaw Currently there is one vacancy on the voted at the ATM, approved phase one of Finance Committee and several on the Zoning Bylaw recodification, deliberated a Government Study Committee. The Moderator is always looking for qualified acquisition of land for open space and people to serve on these committees. authorized emergency funds for Mary Please visit the Moderator page on the Dennison Park. town website For more information on all articles, see (http://www.framinghamma.gov/1517/individual reports as well as the Town Moderator). Meeting Journal included in this Town Annual Report. Electronic votes are Our representative Town Meeting is posted on the town website. comprised of 216 potential TMMs, 12 elected from each of 18 precincts serving The Fall STM was completed in 3 nights staggered 3-year terms. Attendance this (rather than 4 or more) because of new year ranged from 158 to 100, which procedures implemented to expedite compares to previous years but needs Town Meeting, such as starting as close to improvement. 29 TMMs had perfect 7:30 as possible, having Committee Chairs attendance, 72 attended at least 85% & ready at the mikes when they are to give Town Meeting200 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report reports, waiving the full reading of on the Town website Moderator page. motions that remain as written in the 91% of the 100 responders indicated that warrant, and having TMMs ready to be their time at Fall Special Town Meeting recognized already standing at the mikes. was well spent. Bundling articles to be referred back with the concurrence of the sponsor which was As a result of the survey, the Moderator utilized at the ATM will be implemented will utilize social media - twitter when applicable. (@FramModerator) and Facebook (Framingham Town Moderator) - to Special thanks to Chair, Joel Winett and disseminate Town Meeting information to the Standing Committee on Rules for also Town Meeting members and Framingham working toward the goal of expediting Citizens. Town Meeting and offering their Town Meeting decides issues that affect all citizens of Framingham, including time and help to keep order, to Bernice YOU. I encourage you to get involved as Strom, as ever the best information table a Town Meeting Member or in some manager, and to the electronic checkers other capacity. You will get a great and administrator. education while serving your town! Feel free to contact me. In addition to making Town Meetings more efficient while still maintaining It is a pleasure working with the Democracy in Action, education and moderator-appointed committees who communication are key goals. To that contribute so much time, as well as our end, the Moderator offers Town Meeting Town Manager, Town Clerk and Town Member Orientation programs and Counsel & their staffs and associates. Warrant Review Sessions with Town Mgr Special commendations to Cherry Manuel Bob Halpin and CFO Mary Ellen Kelly for the production of the well-organized before each Town Meeting. The public is warrant books, background material and invited to these and can also view the printed motions. Thanks also to the Board recordings on the town website and on of Selectmen, CFO, Building Services, TV at certain scheduled times. Tech Services, and Media Services all of whom are indispensable in the production I have reached out to the public by and process of Town Meeting. offering to meet with anyone who might be interested in becoming involved but Thanks so much to Town Meeting does not know where to begin. To that Members and those who work so end, I have met with several people who diligently and put in so many hours on the contacted me, at least two of whom have Standing Committees. Discussion and run for Town Meeting as a result of deliberation has been thoughtful and it is meeting with me and one who became gratifying to see that speakers serve the involved with another committee. important purpose of clarifying issues either by asking the right questions or by In order to learn more about Town giving cogent, well-thought-out opinions. Meeting Member and with the goal of further improvements, I conducted a I am grateful to all those who support me, survey after the Fall Special Town elected me, express continued confidence Meeting, the results of which are available and encouragement to me in this role of Town Meeting201 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Moderator. I look forward to serving, Block Grant Committee CDBG, Council learning and working with all who serve on Aging, Human Relations Commission, the town in the upcoming year to make Veterans Council and Fair Housing. Framingham a better place. We met with CDBG and discussed the Respectfully submitted, warrant article (over $500,000 given to the Teri S. Banerjee, Town Moderator town by Federal Government for capital townmoderator@gmail.com improvements including handicapped stands at Bowditch field baseball park and 3HUVRQQHO%RDUGsidewalk improvements for the Housing The Personnel Board consists of five Authority. Social Service grants included members appointed by the Town English classes for non-English speakers, Moderator. The Board had five active help for at risk high school students, after members during the 2014 year. The role school programs in the Beaver St., of the Personnel Board is to administer Waverly St. area and other important the Personnel Bylaw of the Town of programs) Framingham in the best interest of the employees and the citizens of We voted to support an article concerning Framingham. We felt that members should attend more This year the Personnel Board than once and participate or give someone recommended the approval of the else a chance. modifications to the position classifications as they were included in A vote was taken not to support an article Article 16, General Fund Operating concerning the number of votes required Budget as presented at the Annual Town to be elected as a town meeting member. Meeting at the April 29, 2014 Annual Keep it at just one vote. Meeting. A motion was made and passed to The members of the Personnel Board increase the Mary Dennison Master Plan were unanimous in their approval for and Skate Park Study to $210,000. An recommending the approval of the above extra $150,000 was added for mentioned articles. improvements to the park. We felt that the park was in serious need of I want to thank the members Antonia improvements. O'Conner, Stephen Becker, Stan Lichwala and Roger Ahlfeld for their time and Concerning the Park and Rec. capital effort. budget, we voted for the Cemetery road improvements, for improvements to the Respectively Submitted exterior of Callahan Senior Center., and to Stephen Richards purchase three new trucks. 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQWe voted in favor of these articles which &RPPXQLW\6HUYLFHVcame up during the Fall Town The Standing Committee on Community Meeting: prohibition of motor scooters, Services is responsible for: Parks and executive session minutes, transfer of Recreational Dept., Edgell Grove handicap parking fines of $5,700 to the Cemetery, Community Development Disability commission, and Mary Town Meeting202 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Dennison Park Emergency Development Division [now called the Environmental Testing and Remediation Community and Economic Development request of $180,000 by the CFO. Division], the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Planning Board, the Conservation Special thanks to our Town Meeting Commission, the Historical Commission, Members: Andrea Colten, David J. the MetroWest Growth Management Longden, Jr., Paul A. Costa, Susan J. Commission [now called the MetroWest Massad, Elsa Rose Aviza, Cynthia D. Regional Collaborative], the Economic Villanueva, Imre Serfozo, C. Patrick Development and Industrial Corporation, Dunne, Dhruba P. Sen, Vice-Chair, Judy and the Historical District Commission. B. Leerer, Michelle Quinn Smith, Jennifer In addition, the SCPZ is responsible for K. Martin, Robert Cushing, Vera Linardi, reporting to Town Meeting on any William J. LaBarge, Clerk. warrant articles sponsored by or relating to the activities of these entities. Respectfully Submitted, Herb Chasan, Chair Except for July and August and during Town Meeting, the SCPZ meets regularly 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ on the first Wednesday of the month. (GXFDWLRQ Additional meetings are held as needed. The Standing Committee on Education The SCPZ held eight regular meetings and monitors the activities, budgets and four special meetings during 2014 with an related warrant articles pertaining to average attendance of 9.1 members. In Framingham Public Schools, Joseph P. bility to Keefe Technical School and the monitor the activities of the various Framingham Public Library system and boards and committees that it is assigned meets regularly with representatives of to monitor, the SCPZ asks one or two of each entity. The Committee met 7 times in 2014. to each of these boards and committees. The Committee offered reports to Town Meeting on the FY2015 operating and monitoring and reporting to the Town capital budgets of the Public Schools, Meeting on the project, which Town Keefe Tech, and the Public Library, and Meeting authorized in 2013, to review and recommended favorable action on Article -law 6 of the 2014 Fall Town Meeting by a work group of Town staff. concerning the transfer of homeless Additionally, the SCPZ formed a 6 transportation funds. member sub-committee to conduct an in- d- Respectfully submitted, Law Recodification Document, which was Richard J. Weader II, Chair approved at the October 2014 Town Meeting. There still is much work that 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ3ODQQLQJ needs to be done over the next several DQG=RQLQJ In a-Laws, By-Law Recodification Project. The the Standing Committee on Planning and SCPZ plans to continue its monitoring of Zoning [SCPZ] is responsible for this Project and to offer recommendations reporting to the Town Meeting on the as needed. activities of the Planning and Economic Town Meeting203 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report A partial listing of the other topics more fully with Public Safety divisions on discussed at SCPZ meetings during 2014 their work in our community. includes: revisions to the Master Land ew 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ3XEOLF:RUNV Master Plan, Agricultural and Open Space The Standing Committee on Public Preservation Cluster Development by- Works (SCPW) continues to meet with laws, Agricultural and Open Space relevant groups to discuss plans for road Preservation Transfer of Development improvement projects, bridge replacement Rights by-laws, moderate slope projects and their impact on traffic, and requirement by-law, street acceptances, roadways. DPW officials are aware of Oriented Development initiative, rezoning the need for improvements, in Framingham Center, and including acknowledging that selected areas can be additional properties in the Framingham worked on when a water/sewer project is Center Historical District. under way. Additionally, the SCPZ reported to the Projects that have been completed in 2014 2014 Annual Town Meeting and the 2014 or will be underway early in 2015 include Fall Town Meeting concerning planning the Wickford Road Bridge project, and zoning articles. Dennison Crossing traffic lights, Danforth Green Offsite Sewer Improvements, 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ3XEOLF6DIHW\ Beebe Water Storage Tanks Upgrade, The Public Safety Standing Committee MassDOT Hollis Street Culvert (PSSC) consists of members elected from Replacement, Central Street Bridge and representing each precinct of Town reconstruction, and the EverSource Meeting. PSSC reports to Town Meeting Downtown Framingham Utility Project. its recommendations after careful review, analysis and deliberations related to PS Looking forward, the SCPW has divisions, considering community needs continued concerns regarding Birch Road and warrant articles. Over the last couple Well of years there have been challenges with lack of meetings/quorum. 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ5XOHV The goal of the Rules Committee is to The role of the PSSC is to communicate recommend Town Meeting procedures and work with PS divisions to better that will help Town Meeting Members understand and communicate the services make informed decisions on motions. that they provide; their present and long The Committee supports Town Meeting term goals/needs; and their focus on ways in the following ways: (1) the Voting to improve service to our community and Coordinator, Joel Winett, prepares the plans to implement. Specific divisions roster of Town Meeting Members for the included in our focal point are: Police, Electronic Voting Administrator and Fire and Inspectional Services. handle keypad issues, (2) the Keypad Managers, Committee members, distribute During the coming fiscal year we look and collect the voting keypads, (3) the forward to being active and dedicated, Handout Table Monitor, Bernice Strom, meeting regularly and communicating prepares packets for the Moderator, Town Town Meeting204 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report Clerk and the Library, and manages the In 2014 the SCW&M evaluated and made placement of materials on the tables. recommendations to Town Meeting on 18 warrant articles at the Annual Town The Committee sponsors an article for meeting and 10 warrant articles in the Fall each Town Meeting requesting a report Special Town Meeting after fully vetting from various Town officials. In addition, them with the sponsors and related the Committee sponsored bylaw articles boards, committees, and departments. (which were approved by Town Meeting) to: (1) change the notification and The SCW&M continued to work with and distribution of the warrant, (2) change the required Town Meeting Member attendance from 1% to 25% of the eligible projection of State Aid throughout the meetings each calendar year, (3) petition Annual Town Meeting budget process the legislature to change the Special Act instead of readjusting the budget while the regarding the attendance at Town Meeting State projections evolved. This facilitated of division heads and boards/committees, a more stable process at the Annual Town and (4) clarify the role of the Moderator. Meeting, allowing for adjustments to be made at the Fall Town Meeting for The Committee met monthly, including variances in projections. the summer months, to consider improvements to Town Meeting The SCW&M worked with the Finance procedures. Significant recommendations Committee, CFO, and Town Manager to made were: (1) standing at a microphone develop a template for the detailed to be recognized instead of raising a hand reporting of labor contract financial while seated, (2) grouping all articles that information so that baseline information will be withdrawn and voting on them and proposed annual and overall contract with a single vote, and (3) grouping all changes are clearly shown. The routine articles and voting on them with a Committee continues to urge and support single vote. the reduction of stipends in collective Respectfully Submitted: bargaining agreements, with incorporation Joel Winett, Chair of these amounts into base pay where appropriate. 6WDQGLQJ&RPPLWWHHRQ:D\Vnear term approach of developing baseline DQG0HDQVbudgets in accordance with a 1.25% As defined in the Town by-laws, the property tax levy increase. This is Standing Committee on Ways and Means respectful of the taxpayer and affords a (SCW&M) is responsible for making greater degree of flexibility for Town recommendations to Town Meeting on Meeting budget deliberations and budget warrant articles sponsored by and/or approval. related to the Finance Committee, the Information Services, Finance, and The SCW&M carefully considers every Human Resources Divisions; the Board of article under its purview and sometimes Selectmen, the Town Clerk, Town disagrees with administration funding Elections, the Legal Department, the requests. An example of this was the Retirement Board and the Capital Budget FY15 DPW capital budget request under and Government Study Committees. the water/sewer line items for an Inventory Control Center Design. Based Town Meeting205 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Report on the funding request, the Committee extrapolated and estimated the total cost of the proposed building. Lacking a payback analysis and other pertinent data the Committee voted against funding this item. This analysis was presented to Town Meeting and Town Meeting concurred, voting to not fund the proposed Inventory Control Center design. Special thanks to the 2014 SCW&M members: Mark Lamkin (Pct.1), Audrey Hall, Vice-Chair, (Pct. 3), Stuart Peskin (Pct.4), Kim Comatas (Pct. 5), Jim Pillsbury (Pct.6) Joel Winett, Clerk, (Pct.7), Anthony Moretti (Pct. 8), Ghafoor Sheikh (Pct.9), Lloyd Kaye (Pct.10), Yael Steinsaltz (Pct.11), Mark McClennan (Pct.12), Jennifer Martin (Pct.13), Renee Faubert (Pct.14), Judith Grove (Pct.15) , Kathleen DeMarco (Pct. 16), Laura Keith (Pct. 17), Joseph Asaya (Pct.18). Harold Geller, SCW&M Chair Town Meeting Member, Precinct Town Meeting206 2014 MJ T OWN EETING OURNAL VM,TC ALERIE ULVEY OWN LERK F,ATC L ISA ERGUSON SSISTANT OWN LERK Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A29,2014ATM PRIL NNUAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if the Town will hear a report of the Board of Selectmen for the calendar year preceding this Annual Meeting and receive the Annual Report made available to the inhabitants of the town pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws chapter 40, Section 49. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 29, 2014 Voted: That the Town hear the Annual Report of the Board of Selectmen for the preceding calendar year and receive the Annual Report made available to the inhabitants of the town pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 49. Further, after this report is given, that this article be disposed. A2 RTICLE To see if the town will vote to hear reports from various departments, boards, committees and commissions unless said report has been made in writing and placed on the table at town meeting for Town Meeting Members. Reports made in writing shall be posted on the Town website for this town meeting. And after all reports are given, Town Meeting shall vote to dispose of this article. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules April 29, 2014 Voted: That the Town hear reports from various departments, boards, committees and commissions unless said report has been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members. Reports made in writing shall be posted on the town website for this town meeting. Further, after all reports are given, that this article be disposed. A3 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the previously approved FY13 & FY14 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and to allocate unexpended carry-over funds for proposed projects as described in the background material handout regarding the Recommended FY2015 CDBG Budget as proposed in Article 4. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 29, 2014 Voted: That Article 3 be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. Town Meeting Journal217 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A4 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend funds in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen April 29, 2014 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to accept and expend funds in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and in accordance with the “Proposed Statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds” approved by the Board of Selectmen on March 5, 2014 with the amounts of funding increased or decreased proportionately to the percentage change in actual Entitlement Grant funding available versus estimated Entitlement Grant funding available. Said projected use of funds is shown on the attached pages. A4-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS April 29, 2014 Failed: I move that the Town vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to accept and expend funds in accordance with the provisions of Title I of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, and regulations promulgated thereunder by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and in accordance with the “Proposed Statement of Community Development Objectives and Projected Use of Funds” approved by the Board of Selectmen on March 5, 2014 with the amounts of funding increased or decreased proportionately to the percentage change in actual Entitlement Grant finding available versus estimated Entitlement Grant funding available. Said projected use of funds is shown on the attached pages with an amendment proposed by the SCW&M to move $70,000 from 3.1 (Bowditch Field Accessible Bleachers) to 2.1 (Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program). As voted 4/28/14 by a vote of 14-1-0 Audrey Hall, Precinct 3 A4-A RTICLE TTACHMENT PROPOSEDUSESOFFISCAL2015CDBGFUNDS 1.0A/$103,509* DMINISTRATIONPLANNING 2.0HR$203,232 OUSING EHABILITATION 2.1H $143,232 OUSING REHABILITATION S:CAED PONSOROMMUNITY NDCONOMIC EVELOPMENT 2.2CE$60,000 ODE NFORCEMENT S:B&IS PONSORUILDING NSPECTIONAL ERVICES 3.0PFI$130,000 UBLIC ACILITIES MPROVEMENTS 3.1 $70,000 BBF(P)–ADAAB OWDITCH ASEBALL IELD HASE IICCESSIBLE LEACHERS S:FPR PONSORRAMINGHAM ARKS AND ECREATION Town Meeting Journal218 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 2.3JJ.GI $60,000 OHN ALLAGHER MPROVEMENTS S:FHA PONSORRAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY 4.0PS$75,207** UBLIC ERVICES 4.1LU$12,000 ITERACY NLIMITED S:FPL PONSORRAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY 4.2FAESLP$20,000 RAMINGHAM DULT LUS S:FAESLP PONSORRAMINGHAM DULT ROGRAM 4.3CCSWP$24,000 OMMUNITY ONNECTIONS UMMER ORK ROGRAM S:FCCC PONSORRAMINGHAM OALITION OMMUNITY ONNECTIONS 4.4 RLPSP$6,346 ESILIENCY FOR IFE ROGRAM UMMER ROGRAM S:RLAB PONSORESILIENCY FOR IFE DVISORY OARD 4.5 HOPTE(HOPE) $7,861 EALTHY PTIONS FOR ROGRESS HROUGH DUCATION S:PARS PONSORELHAM PARTMENTS ESIDENTIAL ERVICES 4.6HH $5,000 OOPS FOR OMEWORK S:SMOC PONSOR 5.0DI$52,750 OWNTOWN MPROVEMENTS 5.1 SFMSP$50,000 OUTH RAMINGHAM AIN TREETS ROGRAM S:FDR PONSORRAMINGHAM OWNTOWN ENAISSANCE 5.2 DCIP$2,750 OWNTOWN OMMERCIAL MPROVEMENT ROGRAM S:CDD/FDC PONSOROMMUNITY EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT TOTALS$564,698 $103,509* *Administration: The maximum amount of funds that may be budgeted to Administration is, 20% of the sum of the Entitlement Grant plus Program Income realized in the program year. $75,207 **Public Services: The maximum amount of funds that may be budgeted to Public Services is, 15% of the sum of the Entitlement Grant plus Program Income realized in the program year. FISCAL2015CDBGPROJECTBACKGROUND 1.0AP DMINISTRATION AND LANNING G: TACDBG OALO DMINISTER THE PROGRAM EFFECTIVELY AND EQUITABLY AND TO ENSURE THAT ALL MEMBERS OF THE COMMUNITY CAN PARTICIPATE IN OR BENEFIT . FROM PROGRAM ACTIVITIES 1.1CDBGPA$103,509 ROGRAM DMINISTRATION S:FCDD PONSORRAMINGHAM OMMUNITY EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT SF: CDBGEG$103,509 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Funds for the administration and planning costs of the CDBG Program. No more than 20% of the grant allocation and program income earned can be allocated for administration. Town Meeting Journal219 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 2.0HR OUSING EHABILITATION G: T OALO ARREST DETERIORATION IN THE EXISTING HOUSING STOCK AND TO STABILIZE NEIGHBORHOODS THROUGH ONGOING FINANCIAL AND TECHNICAL HOUSING . REHABILITATION ASSISTANCE TO PROPERTY OWNERS 2.1 HRAP(HRAP) $143,232 OUSING EHABILITATION SSISTANCE ROGRAM S:FCDD PONSORRAMINGHAM OMMUNITY EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT SF: CDBGEG $130,232 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT PI: $40,000 ROGRAM NCOME In Fiscal 2015, HRAP will provide deferred, no-interest loans to repair code violations, improve energy efficiency and enhance ADA-accessibility in 2-4 owner-occupied homes with lower-income owners, and, if possible, 1 to 2 rental units occupied by lower-income tenants. Both CDBG and HOME funds will be used for loan capital. CDBG & HOME funds will be loaned to eligible owners, in any area of Town, to address emergency repair needs, such as heating system and roofing repairs. Rehabilitation funds will be loaned to eligible homeowners and multi-family residences in low-income target neighborhoods to fix housing code violations and to improve exterior appearances. In addition to loans, technical assistance on financial and rehabilitation matters is provided. CDBG monies will also pay administrative and program delivery costs, including partial salary and benefits for a the Housing Quality Inspector position who manages the CDBG & HOME funded HRAP Program while also performing additional residential code enforcement and coordinating the Town’s Code Enforcement Task Force. Performance Target: 3-6 Dwelling Units; very low, low & moderate- income clientele 2.2 N/ $60,000 EIGHBORHOOD STABILIZATIONCODE ENFORCEMENT S:FISD PONSORRAMINGHAM NSPECTIONAL ERVICES IVISION SF: CDBGEG $60,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT The Town has prioritized stronger residential code enforcement to address substandard and overcrowded housing conditions and provide neighborhood stabilization outcomes particularly to poorer neighborhoods. The Town will use CDBG funds to pay for housing inspections in targeted low/moderate-income (LM) neighborhoods. Housing code violations will be required to be corrected by the property owners, in partnership, where possible with the Housing Rehabilitation Assistance Program (HRAP). Performance Target: 400 inspections in LM areas. 3.0PI UBLIC MPROVEMENTS G: T OALSO IMPROVE INFRASTRUCTURE THAT WILL PROLONG THE USEFUL LIFE OF PUBLIC ; FACILITIESAND TO REMOVE ARCHITECHTURAL BARRIERS TOIMPROVE ACCESS TO . PUBLIC AND PRIVATE FACILITIES 3.1 BBF–ADAAB $70,000 OWDITCH ASEBALL IELD CCESSIBLE LEACHERS S:FP&RD PONSORRAMINGHAM ARKS ECREATION IVISION Town Meeting Journal220 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting SF: CDBGEG $47,850 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT PY: $22,150 RIOR EAR FUNDS Phase II of the Bowditch Baseball Field to install a second set of ADA-accessible bleachers at the Bowditch Recreation Complex and complete making the facility ADA compliant. Phase I funded in FY2014 was completed and came under budget, those funds will be reallocated and applied to the Phase II costs. Performance Target: 1 public facility serving residents with impaired mobility. 3.2JJ.GD–ADAI$60,000 OHN ALLAGHER RIVE MPROVEMENTS S:FHA PONSORRAMINGHAM OUSING UTHORITY SF: CDBGEG $60,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Funding to for road and sidewalk and accessible curb cuts improvements on John J. Gallagher Drive serving a 40 unit senior and disabled housing complex. Performance Target: Improvements serving very low, low and moderate income elder and disable households. 4.0P UBLIC SERVICES G: T OALO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LOW AND VERY LOW INCOME RESIDENTS OF T. THE OWN THROUGH THE PROVISION OF PUBLIC SERVICES 4.1LUP$12,000 ITERACY NLIMITED ROGRAM S:FPL PONSORRAMINGHAM UBLIC IBRARY SF: CDBGEG $12,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Partial funding is sought to continue the work of an adult literacy training program which features trained volunteer tutors to teach basic reading, writing, and computational skills, to illiterate and learning disabled adults on a one-to-one basis and in groups. The range of activities includes classroom training of tutors, one-to-one tutoring, tutoringin conversational English to limited English speakers, counseling, job development, General Equivalency Diploma (GED) preparation and materials, and maintenance of student and tutor support networks. CDBG funds support the administrative staff to recruitand train hundreds of volunteer tutors. The program will evaluate students initially and on an on- going basis, develop a learning plan for each low level literacy student, and provide guidance to tutors as they work with these students. Performance Target: Up to 200 very low, low & moderate-income clients 4.2FAESLPP $20,000 RAMNIGHAM DULT LUS ROJECT S:FAESLP PONSORRAMINGHAM DULT ROGRAM SF: CDBGEG $20,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Partial funding is sought to provide free English-as-a-Second Language classes, training, and development to adult (ages 18-85) limited-English speakers to facilitate their integration into the community, prepare for their GED, Citizenship Preparation classes, Town Meeting Journal221 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting the job market, customs, culture and the law. Funds will meet the cost of instructors, and counseling support for three full capacity classes of instruction for two semesters operated during the evening hours. Performance Target: Up to 60 very low, low & moderate-income clients CCSWP $24,000 4.3 OMMUNITY ONNECTIONS UMMER ORK ROGRAM S:CC/FC PONSOROMMUNITY ONNECTIONSRAMINGHAM OALITION SF: CDBGEG $24,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Funding is being requested to provide a youth summer work program to employ a total of 30 teens (ages 14 to 17) that live in low socioeconomic Framingham neighborhoods. The program will operate during the summer months for two, two and a half week sessions in which teens will learn responsibility and investment in their community by implementing appropriate landscaping, general clean up, painting, and maintenance skills, and work together as a team by completing projects assigned to them. Because this will be a first job for most, teens will also learn the interview process and how to complete a job application. These sessions are supervised (on-site) by two adults who have numerous years of experience working with youth in both a school and community setting. The program will involve orientation and participation in enrichment sessions on safetyand health issues. Performance Target: Up to 30 very low, low & moderate-income clients 4.4 RFLP $6,346 ESILIENCY OR IFE ROGRAM S:RFL PONSORESILIENCY OR IFE SF: CDBGEG $6,346 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Funding is requested to provide an intervention program serving under-achieving at-risk incoming freshmen at Framingham High School. The mission is to take students most at risk of academic failure, truancy, and delinquency and help them develop the skills and confidence theyneed to turn around their education and lives. This proposal seeks funds toward the Resiliency for Life Math/English Institute, a summer school program offering math and literacy skills and the semester-long MCAS and SAT prep classes. Students will attend the Summer Institute for four weeks, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. English & th Math programs will focus on important elements to facilitate a smooth transition to 9 grade math. Performance Target: Up to 15-20 very low, low & moderate-income clients 4.5H.O.P.E.() $7,861 HEALTHY OPTIONS FOR PROGRESS THROUGH EDUCATION S:PIIC PONSORELHAM ORPORATION SF: CDBGEG $7,861 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT H.O.P.E. is requesting funding for their on-site community-based program, which is geared toward 14-21 year old youth residing at the Pelham Apartments. H.O.P.E. provides access to computer technology that supports academic success and obtaining better jobs. H.O.P.E. provides one-on-one mentoring, community engagement, healthcare information, and other social services. Monthly field trips to educational, cultural, and science institutions will be organized. The proposed program will be conducted during the evening hours of 5:30 –8:30pm. A family night will be offered once per month where studentprogress will be reported to the parent or legal guardian. The funds will directly pay the part-time bilingual program coordinator, program Town Meeting Journal222 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting supplies, and costs associated with weekly programs and instructions and related materials. Performance Target: Up to 40 very low, low & moderate-income clients 4.6HH$5,000 OOPS FOR OMEWORK S:SMOC(SMOC) PONSOROUTH IDDLESEX PPORTUNITY OUNCIL SF: CDBGEG $5,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Educational and recreational after-school program for school age children located at the Pelham Apartments and the Carlson and Pusan Roads Community Rooms. Homework assistance, snack, onsite tutoring and recreational activities. Performance Target: Up to 50 very low, low & moderate-income clients 5.0DI OWNTOWN MPROVEMENTS G: T- OALO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR LOW AND MODERATEINCOME PEOPLE BY D IMPROVING ECONOMIC CONDITIONS FOR SMALL BUSINESSES IN OWNTOWN CNRSA. ROSSROAD THAT SERVE LOCAL RESIDENTS 5.1SFMSP$50,000 OUTH RAMINGHAM AIN TREETS ROGRAM S:FDR(FDR) PONSORRAMINGHAM OWNTOWN ENAISSANCE SF: CDBGEG $25,000 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT UPYF: $25,000 NUSED RIOR EARS UNDS FDR seeks partial funding a South Framingham “Main Streets” program for the Town’s Downtown/Crossroads NRSA business district and surrounding residential neighborhoods, where 66% of residents have low or moderate-incomes. Funds will pay for staff who will promote the economic development of the area by providing marketing and other technical assistance to firms that serve neighborhood residents as well as small businesses owned by low or moderate-income people, hold community events, assist new businesses, and serve as liaison and support during the Downtown redesign and reconstruction project. Unused funds from the Façade and Sign Improvement Program from prior years has been reallocated to this project. Performance Target: Up to 100 small, local businesses that serve clientele from LM areas and eight marketing events. 5.2DCP $2,750 OWNTOWN OMMERCIAL IMPROVEMENTROGRAM S:FCDD/FDR PONSORRAMINGHAM OMMUNITY EVELOPMENT EPARTMENT SF: CDBGEG $2,750 OURCES OF UNDSNTITLEMENT RANT Funding is requested for partial funding for downtown parking wayfinding signage needed during the Downtown Framingham Redesign project to assist businesses and patrons. Performance Target: Up to 3-5 signs/banners. Town Meeting Journal223 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting CDBG GRAND TOTAL, Fiscal 2015: $564,698 A5 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen and School Committee to enter into a lease upon such terms and conditions as they deem appropriate for a period of up to five years for the use of certain property as administrative offices for the Framingham Public Schools. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: School Committee April 29, 2014 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen and the School Committee be authorized to enter into a lease upon such terms and conditions as they deem appropriate for a period of up to five years for the use of certain property as administrative offices for the Framingham Public Schools. A6 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, or appropriate from available funds, the sum of $195,000 for the purpose of supporting Phase Two of a program of safety improvement within the school and municipal buildings and grounds, including but not limited to building improvements, equipment, staff training and awareness, or act in relation thereto. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: School Committee April 29, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A7 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the purpose of paying unpaid bills of prior years of the Town. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2014 Voted: That the Town authorize payment of the following unpaid bills of prior years of the Town. These bills are to be paid from the FY2014 departmental budget in which they were incurred. Facilities ManagementENE Systems $1,552.32 Facilities ManagementTremco $ 615.25 School Department Northeast Copier Systems $ 602.58 Passed Unanimously Town Meeting Journal224 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A8 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize or re-authorize several revolving funds as defined by General Laws Chapter 44, Section 53 E ½ for Fiscal Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 30, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting authorize or re-authorize several revolving funds as defined by MGL, Ch. 44, Section 53E ½ for FY15 beginning July 1, 2014, including, but not limited to the following: FundManagerPurposeFY15Disposition of FY14 Spending Fund Balance Ceiling Town Owned Facilities To receive funds from rental fees $90,000Balance available Building/Civic Management and other similar charges for the for expenditure Use Fund - Department of use of the Danforth and Memorial Danforth and the General Buildings and to authorize the Memorial Government Facilities Management Department BuildingsDivisionto spend these funds for direct expenses associated with the general maintenance of these buildings such as custodial costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. Town Owned Facilities To receive funds from rental fees $20,000Balance available Building/Civic Management and other similar charges for the for expenditure Use Fund - Department of use of Cushing Chapel and to Cushing Chapelthe General authorize the Facilities Government Management Department to spend Divisionthese funds for direct expenses associated with the general maintenance of these buildings such as custodial costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. Concerts on the Park and To receive funds from the sale of $4,000Balance available Common FundRecreation food and other similar charges for expenditure Department of during Concerts on the Common the Parks and to authorize the Park and DivisionRecreation Department to spend these funds for direct expenses associated with the sale of food and other concert-related charges such as staff costs, utilities, maintenance supplies and other similar expenses. School Bus FeesFramingham To receive and spend funds for $380,000Balance available School direct expenses associated with the for expenditure Committee - transportation of students to and School from school. Town Meeting Journal225 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Department Town Wetland Conservation To receive fees and spend funds to $28,000Balance available Protection FundCommission pay for services associated with for expenditure of the Public processing Permits and Requests Works for Determination. Division Excavation Public Works To account for revenue from fees $75,000Balance available Management Divisioncollected for Street Opening for expenditure FundPermits and the Excavation Management program for the administrative and operational costs associated with the management of this program. Housing Pre-Board of To use funds secured from rental $50,000Balance available Inspection Health of the inspections, housing application for expenditure Program FundInspectional fees and re-inspection fees for the Services implementation of the housing pre- Divisioninspection program. The funds will be used for rental costs, salaries for administrative and field staff, printing costs, and the purchase of supplies and equipment. Vaccine Board of To use funds secured from $27,000Balance available Administration Health of the reimbursements for vaccine for expenditure FundInspectional administration to citizens. The Services funds will be used to buy Divisionadditional vaccines and supplies to expand the program including but not limited to the purchase of flu vaccine for town employees. Fluorescent Public WorksTo use revenue secured from fees $5,000Balance available Lamp/Mercury Divisioncollected for the disposal of for expenditure Recycling FundFluorescent lamps, compact fluorescents and other mercury containing items like thermometers, thermostats and button-cell batteries to offset the costs of disposal. Town Records Town Clerk of To use funds secured from vital $80,000Balance available Preservation the Elected records charges to preserve for expenditure FundBoards deteriorating records of the Town Divisionof Framingham. A specific charge of $2 per record is collected and will be deposited in this fund to be used for any costs related to record preservation. Callahan Senior Council on To use fees and revenues received $30,000Balance available Center FundAging of the from building rental, for expenditure Parks Divisionprogramming, and general services. The funds will be expended to cover associated costs and expenses of those services and for the advancement of Council on Aging’s established mission Town Meeting Journal226 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting statement. Emergency Framingham To collect and expend fees $5,000Balance available Management Emergency assessed to NERAC (Northeast for expenditure Equipment FundManagement Regional Advisory Council for Agency of the Homeland Security) communities Police for the use of centrally housed Divisionequipment for emergent situations and provide upkeep and maintenance on the equipment in the cache. Animal Control Animal To use fees collected from $4,500Balance available FundControl boarding and kennel rentals for the for expenditure Department of purpose of offsetting kennel the Police operating costs. Division Blighted Building To account for revenue from fees $10,000Balance available Property FundInspection generated by the foreclosed for expenditure Department of property registration bylaw and the municipal lien bylaw. Expenditures Inspectional may be made for the administrative Services and operational costs associated Divisionwith making distressed properties safe by demolishing, boarding-up, cleaning up, or securing from unauthorized intruders. A9 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to appropriate a sum or sums of money for off-site mitigation improvements or as otherwise agreed upon by the Town of Framingham Planning Board and Project Applicant(s) pursuant to recorded Planning Board decision(s)to be managed by the Town Manager or designee in consultation with the Planning Board and consistent with said decision(s). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A10 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Town of Framingham, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 –June 30, 2014) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2014 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 30, 2014 Voted: That the following FY2014 budget adjustments be made: Town Meeting Journal227 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting TransferToFrom Salary Reserve Fund$143,847 General Government Division$35,000 Human Resources Division$25,000 Parks Division$30,000 Town Clerk Stipend$1,847 Town Clerk/Elections$7,000 Library$45,000 $100,000 Police Division $200,000 Fire Division Snow andIce Deficit$300,000 $940,000 Free Cash School Department$240,000 Snow and Ice Deficit$700,000 TOTAL$1,383,847$1,383,847 A11 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Water Department, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 –June 30, 2014) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2014 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to the Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A12 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to determine what sum or sums of money the Town will appropriate and raise, or transfer from available funds, for the operations of the Sewer Department, including debt and interest for Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 –June 30, 2014) and to see what budgets for Fiscal Year 2014 will be reduced to offset said appropriations. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. Town Meeting Journal228 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A13 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($150,000.00) to replenish the funding within the Major Litigation Contingency Fund special warrant article appropriation established under Article 19 of the 2012 Annual Town Meeting, with such funding to be used with respect to any judicial, administrative or regulatory proceeding for which legal, expert or stenographer costs to the Town exceed Twenty Five Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($25,000.00) in a particular fiscal year, provided that the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Standing Committee on Ways and Means are timely apprised of expenditures from such fund. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Chief Financial Officer April 30, 2014 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate the sum of One Hundred Fifty Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($150,000.00) to replenish the funding of the Major Litigation Contingency Fund special warrant article appropriation established under Article 19 of the 2012 Annual Town Meeting, with said funding to be used with respect to any judicial, administrative or regulatory proceeding for which legel, expert or stenographer costs to the Town exceed Twenty-Five Thousand and 00/100 Dollars ($25,000.00) in a particular fiscal year, provided that the Board of Selectmen, Finance Committee and Standing Committee on Ways and Means are timely apprised ofexpenditures from such fund. Passed unanimously A14 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to fund any collective bargaining agreements that have been settled, and adopt any necessary changes to the Compensation Schedules. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Human Resources April 30, 2014 Voted: That the Town approve the following Collective Bargaining Agreements that have been settled with Town employees: Framingham Fire Deputy Chiefs, Local 1652 Framingham Police Superiors Association (FPSOA) Framingham Librarians SEIU Local 888 Framingham Parks and Recreation Supervisors, LIUNA, Local 1116 And, to adopt the salary schedules as attached, and further, transfer $52,500 from the Salary Reserve Fund as follows: $40,000 to the Library Division $12,500 to the Parks Division A15 RTICLE Town Meeting Journal229 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting To see if the Town will vote to rescind various authorized, but unissued borrowing votes of the Town. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer April 29, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A16 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 6, 2014 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow the sum of $14,867,461 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, with the exception of items proposed by the School Department, which will be spent under the direction of the School Superintendent or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager or School Superintendent shall be allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spent under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44 for the purpose of the design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services; Date Amount Item #DescriptionDepartmentAmountVote VotedVoted A16 A Replace Engine 5Fire$570,9815/1/14$570,981124-4-0 A16 B Phase 2 – Protective Clothing ReplacementFire$113,3605/1/14$113,360124-4-0 A16 C Replace Signal Division Pick UpFire$57,6955/1/14$57,695124-4-0 A16 D RFID Collection Security an Self-Check StationsLibrary$194,5605/1/14$194,560124-4-0 A16 E Edwards Cemetery Roadway ReconstructionCemeteries$126,9755/1/14$126,975124-4-0 Council on A16 F Callahan Senior Center-Front Entrance Redesign$138,6125/1/14$138,612124-4-0 Aging Parks and A16 G Ford F650 J-Hook$67,2455/1/14$67,245122-2-0 Recreation Parks and A16 H F350 4x4 Crew Cab Pickup 10,000 GVW$43,6655/1/14$43,665124-4-0 Recreation Parks and A16 I F350 4x4 Regular Cab Pickup$39,1555/1/14$39,155124-4-0 Recreation Town Meeting Journal230 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Mary Dennison Master Plan & Skate Park Parks and A16 J $60,0005/1/14$60,000124-3-2 Feasability StudyRecreation A16 K Emergency Generator Phase 2Police$349,0005/1/14$349,000128-0-0 Annual Open Conveyance Drainage System & Public Works- A16 L $175,0005/1/14$175,000124-4-0 Water Quality Restoration Project – 2015Engineering Public Works- A16 M Western Ave Fuel Island (general)$16,1505/1/14$16,150125-3-0 Garage Public Works – A16 N Annual Roadway Improvements 2015$4,000,0005/1/14$4,000,000128-0-0 Highway Public Works – A16 O Annual Traffic Calming – 2015$200,0005/1/14$200,000118-10-0 Highway Replacement of a 8,800 GVW 4WD HD Cab and Public Works – A16 P $46,5505/1/14$46,550124-4-0 Chassis with Pickup Body and Snow Plow #402Highway Replacement of a 15,000 GVW 4WD Rack Truck Public Works – A16 Q $73,3005/1/14$73,300124-4-0 w/ Lift Gate and Plow #409Highway Replacement of a 18,000 GVW 4WD Cab and Public Works– A16 R $67,3505/1/14$67,350124-4-0 Chassis with Dump Body & Plow #411Highway Public Works - A16 S Front End Loader Mounted Snow Blower #451A$92,0005/1/14$92,000124-4-0 Highway Replacement of a 3.5 CY Front End Loader with Public Works - A16T $242,6505/1/14$242,650124-4-0 Plow #452Highway Public Works - A16 U Annual Sidewalk/Accessibility Improvements 2015$200,0005-1-14$200,000124-4-0 Highway Replacement of a 6 CY Material Spreader w/ Public Works - A16 V $40,4805/1/14$40,480124-4-0 Controls #442AHighway Public Works - A16 W Replacement of a Sidewalk Tractor- Tracked #464$167,4005/1/14$167,400123-5-0 Highway Replacement of a 40,000 GVW Cab and Chassis Public Works - A16 X $215,8005/1/14$215,800124-4-0 with Dump Body and Plow #421Highway Replacement of a 6 CY Material Spreader w. Public Works - A16 Y $40,8005/1/14$40,800124-4-0 Controls #421AHighway Replacement of Catch Basin Cleaner/Flusher & Public Works – A16 Z $269,3605/1/14$269,360124-4-0 Plow #449Highway Public Works - Passed with A16AAPurchase of Curbside Refuse Collection Carts$1,000,0005/6/14$1,000,000 Sanitation2/3 Vote Replacement of (4) 68,000 GVW Cab and Chassis Public Works – Passed with A16 AB with Automatic Refuse Packer & Plow #511 #512 $1,337,4405/6/14$1,337,440 Sanitation2/3 Vote #513 #514 Technology Upgrades Throughout District – Phase School A16 AC $950,0005/6/14$950,000118-17-5 (4)Department School A16 AD King School Elevator$400,0005/1/14$400,000124-4-0 Department DDC (Digital Direct Control) Energy Conservation School Passed A16 AE $235,0005/6/14$235,000 ProgramDepartmentunanimously Furnish New & Replace Outdated Furniture-Phased School A16 AF $300,0005/1/14$300,000124-4-0 ProjectDepartment Replace Deteriorated Asbestos Floor Tile in Main School A16 AG $370,0005/1/14$370,000124-4-0 Areas and in Corridors – Phase #2Department School A16 AH Food Services Equipment – Phased Project #1$140,0005/1/14$140,000124-4-0 Department Town Meeting Journal231 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Masonry Repointing – Design and Bid School A16 AI $48,0005/1/1448,000124-4-0 Documentation Stapleton SchoolDepartment Paving Replacement/Storm Water All Schools-School A16 AJ $600,0005/1/14$600,000124-4-0 Phased ProjectDepartment ADA Upgrade to Curbs, Sidewalks, Ramps, School A16 AK Railings, Bathroom Partitions, Doors, Signage – $300,0005/1/14$300,000124-4-0 Department Multiple Schools-Phased Project Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning (HVAC)- School Passed A16 AL Replace Rooftop Air Handling Units & Ventilation $400,0005/6/14$400,000 Departmentunanimously Equipment-Multiple School Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Upgrades – All School Passed A16 AM $150,0005/6/14$150,000 Schools-Multiple Systems-Phased ProjectDepartmentunanimously Rack Style Truck with Lift Gate- Vehicle School A16 AN $37,5005/1/14$37,500 124-4-0 ReplacementDepartment School Passed A16 AO Utility Body Truck – Vehicle Replacement$43,0005/6/14$43,000 Departmentunanimously School A16 AP Utility Body Truck – Vehicle Replacement$45,0005/1/14$45,000124-4-0 Department School A16 AQ Athletic Equipment$57,5005/1/14$57,500124-4-0 Department Technology A16 AR Fire Department Mobile Data Upgrade$78,3755/1/14$78,375124-4-0 Services Technology A16 AS Data Warehouse$145,7895/1/14$145,789124-4-0 Services Technology A16 AT Archived Document Scanning – Phase III$275,9495/1/14$275,949124-4-0 Services Town Owned Passed A16 AUComputer Server Room Upgrade$293,0005/6/14$293,000 Buildingsunanimously Town Owned A16 AVPhase 2 Space Study-Danforth & Annex$52,5005/6/14$52,500136-4-0 Buildings And, further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article. And to meet said appropriation transfer $79,812 as follows: TransferTown MeetingArticle From4/05 ATM $79,812A26C Elevator Shaft & Pedestrian Ramp and further, that the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $14,787,649 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. Passed with a 2/3 vote. A16–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 1, 2014 Failed: I move to amend the amount in Article 16J of the FY15 General Fund Capital Budget for Mary Dennison Park Design, Engineering and Feasibility Study from $60,000 to $210,000 Town Meeting Journal232 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Judith Grove, Precinct 15 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 1, 2014 Failed: I move that the amount of $16,150 for Western Ave. Fuel Island be deleted from the General Fund Capital Budget (Item 16M). Wolf Haberman, Precinct 10 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 6, 2014 Failed: I move to amend the main motion by adding wording to allow town spending up to only 25 percent of theapproved dollar amount until such time as the Town Manager apprises Town Meeting Members as to the new FY15 Residential/Commercial Property tax numbers. Gerald Bloomfield, Precinct 1 _____________________________________________________________________________ May 6, 2014 Failed: I move that item A16AC, technology upgrades throughout the district-phase (4), be reduced from $950,000 to $500,000. The $500,000 is the amount agreed upon between the Town and th the Schools 4 years ago. This final $500,000 will be the 4 year, totaling $2,000,000. William McCarthy, Precinct 10 A17 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various water department capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 7, 2014 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow the sum of $18,016,500 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager shall be allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spent under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44, for the purpose of design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services of the following Water Department projects: Replacement of a 11,000 GVW 4WD Cab and Chassis w/ Service A17 A Water$55,000 Body and Plow #614 Replacement of a 15,000 GVW 4WD Cab and Chassis w/ Dump A17 B Water$67,350 Body and Plow #625 Town Meeting Journal233 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Replacement of a 11,000 GVW 4WD Cab and Chassis w/ Service A17 C Water$55,000 Body #601 A17 D Acquisition of a Mini Excavator #650 Water$78,000 A17 E Main Street Area Water Main Improvements – Construction Water$3,325,000 A17 F Union Avenue Water Main Improvements – Construction Water$12,145,000 $130,000 A17 G Water/Sewer Inventory Control Center-Design (Water)Water(Failed 57-37-6) A17 H Annual Various Water Improvements Project 2015 Water$300,000 Speen Street & Cochituate Road Water Main Replacement – A17 I Water$640,000 Design A17 J Annual Various Hydrant & Valve Improvements Project-2015 Water$200,000 A17 K Salem End Road Water Main Lining Water$690,000 A17 L Dyer Street Water Main ReplacementWater$445,000 A17 M Western Ave Fuel Island (water)Water$16,150 And further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article; and further that the Treasurer is authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $18,016,500 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. 95 voting in favor, 6 opposed, 4 abstentions. A18 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, borrow or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for various sewer department capital projects including purchase of equipment, purchase of land, repair, rehabilitation, design or construction of buildings and infrastructure, including any relatedengineering, personnel and legal services, and the acquisition of any necessary permanent and/or temporary easements or other interests in land for said projects. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 7, 2014 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or borrow the sum of $9,005,344 for the projects listed below, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee, and further, that the Town Manager shallbe allowed to exceed the appropriation for individual capital projects to be spent under his direction as long as the total amount to be spent does not Town Meeting Journal234 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting exceed the total amount appropriated and that such adjustments are in compliance with M.G.L., Chapter 44, for the purpose of the design and construction, including any related engineering, personnel and legal services of the following Sewer Department projects: Replacement of 11,000 GVW 4WD Cab & Chassis w/ A18 A Sewer$55,000 Service Body & Plow #722 Replacement of 60,000 GVW Cab & Chassis w/ A18 B Sewer$323,194 Flusher #740 A18 C Wastewater Master PlanSewer$250,000 Wastewater Pump Station Capital Equipment A18 D Sewer$400,000 Replacement $130,000 Water/Sewer Inventory Control Center –Design A18 E Sewer260,000 (as amended) (Sewer) Failed 79-53-4 Waverly/Winthrop Intersection Sewer Realignment – A18 F Sewer$1,400,000 Design and Construction A18 G Main Street Area Sewer Improvements – Construction Sewer$866,000 A18 H Union Ave Sewer Improvements– Construction Sewer$1,880,000 A18 I Annual Various Sewer Improvements Project – 2015 Sewer$300,000 A18 J Old Danforth Street Bridge Sewer Main Improvement Sewer$700,000 Eastleigh, Little Farms and Flanagan Sewer Pumping A18 K Sewer$810,000 Station Replacement –Design A18 L Western Ave Fuel Island (sewer)Sewer$16,150 A18 M Elmfield Road Sewer Improvements Sewer$1,585,000 A18 N Hop Brook Sewer Realignment Sewer$420,000 And further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interests in land for said projects, and further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article; And further, that the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $9,005,344 pursuant to the provisions of M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. Passed Unanimously. A18–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 7, 2014 Passed: I move that the A18E monetary amount be increased to $260,000 Town Meeting Journal235 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Kevin P. Crotty, Precinct 7 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 7, 2014 Passed: I move that the DPW inact an inventory control system and report back to Fall Town Meeting with results. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 _______________________________________________________________________________ A19 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to act on reports and recommendations of the Selectmen and other officers and committees of the Town and Boards of Trustees and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the support of the operations of the Town, for a Reserve Fund, for any other purposes included in said reports, for the payments of notes and bonds of the Town, if any, which mature before the next annual meeting, for the paymentof pensions and for all other necessary expenses of the Town for the Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2014 Voted: That the Town hear and act on reports and recommendations of the Selectmen and other officers and committees of the Town and Boards of Trustees and to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the support of the operations of the Town, for a Reserve Fund, for any other purposes included in said reports, for the payment of notes and bonds of the Town, if any, which mature before the next annual meeting, for the payment of pensions and for all other necessary expenses of the Town for the Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015). Unclassified Appropriation$33,137,395 Retirement Appropriation$14,390,719 Debt Service Appropriation$12,074,669 Fire Division$13,501,034 Police Division$13,615,534 Public Works Division$9,748,760 Framingham Public Library$2,928,591 Planning Board$186,522 Town Clerk Stipend$94,207 Town Clerk/Elections Division$418,551 General Government Division$3,282,963 Parks & Recreation/Cultural Affairs Division$3,670,339 Finance Division$2,411,124 Inspectional Services Division$2,140,381 Community & Economic Development Division$612,232 Town Meeting Journal236 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Technology Services Division$1,416,596 Human Resources Division$903,686 Framingham Public Schools$109,368,801 Keefe TechnicalAssessment$8,638,850 Stabilization Fund$639,574 Unanimously voting in favor Capital Stabilization Fund$2,284,194 Unanimously voting in favor Reserve Fund $400,000 Snow & Ice Appropriation$1,632,717 Total Town Meeting Appropriation$237,497,439 And to meet said appropriations, the Town approves the following to support the budget: Transfer from Free Cash$3,837,446 Transfer from Parking Meter Receipts$50,000 Transfer from Sewer Enterprise Fund$1,389,128 Transfer from Water Enterprise Fund$1,499,362 Transfer from Consumer and Merchant Protection Act Funds$15,000 And the balance to be raised from taxation. Passed unanimously. A19–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 8, 2014 Failed: I move to reduce the operating budget of the Police Department by the amount budgeted for the additional new 7 police officers positions proposed for FY15 in the amount of $248,775. Yael Steinsaltz, Precinct 11 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 13, 2014 Failed: I move to reduce the Board of Health budget by $228,994 from $1,046,953 to $817,959, which is 5% above the FY14 budget of $779,009. Yaakov Cohn, Precinct 5 _______________________________________________________________________________ A19RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 8, 2014 Failed: I move that the Police Department will not use a taser on a officer during training. Town Meeting Journal237 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 A19RB RTICLE ESOLUTION May 8, 2014 Passed: Be it resolved that some of the $14,537 appropriated for the establishment of a seasonal conservation trails crew be used to clean up debris dumped on the Conservation Land known as the Cedar Swamp which is located in Downtown Framingham and bordered by Waverly Street, Mellen Street, Cypress Street and Cedar Street. George Lewis, Precinct 18 A19RC RTICLE ESOLUTION May 8, 2014 Passed: Be it resolved that the Facilities Department fly the POW MIA flag at the Memorial Building each day the American Flag is flown. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 A19RD RTICLE ESOLUTION May 8, 2014 Failed: Resolved, Town Meeting encourages that Legal Services be routinely publicly bidded. Jeffrey Cox, Precinct 14 A20 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the operation of the Water Department, including capital outlay and debt service, and for all other necessary expenses for the Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 –June 30, 2015). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2014 Voted: That the Town expend $19,005,439 in FY2015 in the Water Department for the cost of personnel, operating expenses, MWRA Assessment and debt service, under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee: And, that $19,005,439 be raised from water receipts. 105 voting in favor, 5 opposed. A21 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum or sums of money for the operation of the Sewer Department, including capital outlay and debt service, and for all other necessary expenses for the Fiscal Year 2015 (July 1, 2014 –June 30, 2015). Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Town Meeting Journal238 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer May 14, 2014 Voted: That the Town expend $23,683,261 in FY2015 in the Sewer Department for the cost of personnel, operating expenses, MWRA Assessment and debt service, under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee: And that $23,683,261 be raised from sewer receipts. 108 voting in favor, 1 opposed. A22 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum of money not to exceed $ 5,965,757 for the purpose of energy conservation and energy related improvements to public buildings owned by the Town of Framingham, including payment of all costs incidental and related thereto; and further, that in addition to the methods of funding provided above, the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to enter into a lease financing agreement with respect to such improvements, said funding to be expended under the direction of the Board of Selectmen; and further to authorize a so-called performance based energy contract for a term of not more than 16 years for the purpose of making said energy conservation and energy related improvements and guaranteeing the projected financial savings from those improvements and upon such other terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen may determine and as approved by the Owner's Agent. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager May 14, 2014 Voted: That the Town raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds, or otherwise provide a sum of money not to exceed $5,965,757 for the purpose of energy conservation and energy related improvements to public buildings owned by the Town of Framingham, including payment of all costs incidental and related thereto; and further, that inaddition to the methods of funding provided above, the Treasurer is authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to enter into a lease financing agreement with respect to such improvements, said funding to be expended under the direction of the Board of Selectmen; and further, that a so-called performance based energy contract be authorized for a term of not more than 16 years for the purpose of making said energy conservation and energy related improvements and guaranteeing the projected financial savings from those improvements and upon such other terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen may determine and as approved by the Owner’s Agent. 109 voting in favor, 1 opposed. A23 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into alternate energy net metering credit purchase agreements, including solar energy and related net electricity metering credits, for a term not to exceed 20 years on such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen deem in the bestinterest of the Town. Town Meeting Journal239 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager April 29, 2014 Voted: That Article 23 be referred back to Sponsor with the concurrence of the Sponsor. A24–R RTICLE ESOLUTION To see if Town Meeting will vote to address previously recognized issues concerning assessing practices. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Deborah Butler May 14, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting request that the Town Manager to report on the follow up to the Matrix Consulting Group and Assessment Review Committee reports regarding the Town’s assessing practices and report the status of the recommendations and documentation requests to Town Meeting at the Fall 2014 Town Meeting. A25–R RTICLE ESOLUTION WHEREAS, Global warming, caused primarily by the burning of fossil fuels and resultingincrease in greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, is a serious threat to current and futuregenerations in Framingham and around the world; and WHEREAS, Global warming is already causing costly disruption of human and natural systems throughout the world, including the acidification of the oceans, melting of Arctic and glacial ice, rising sea levels, increasing heat waves, floods, drought, extreme weather, and corresponding food and water shortages, property damage, loss of biodiversity, and death; and WHEREAS, The effects of global warming will further intensify with increased temperatures such that almost all governments in the world, including the United States, have agreed (through the 2009 Copenhagen Accord) that any warming above a 2°C (3.6°F) rise would be unsafe for human habitation; and WHEREAS, Scientists estimate that humans can emit only approximately 565 more gigatons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and still retain a reasonable hope of not exceeding 2°C of global warming; and WHEREAS, Proven coal, oil and gas reserves counted as assets of fossil fuel companies equal roughly 2,795 gigatons of CO2, or five times the maximum amount that can safely be released to prevent more than 2°C of global warming; and WHEREAS, Fossil fuel companies continue to explore for even more fossil fuel deposits thatcannot be burned without rendering Earth unfit for human habitation; and WHEREAS, Fossil fuel companies operate under the imperative to create shareholder profitrather than for long term public benefit, use their considerable financial resources to mislead the public on the scientific consensus about the dangers of global warming, and to influence the government to maintain laws and regulations favorable to the continuing sale of their product, and Town Meeting Journal240 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting WHEREAS, The Town of Framingham has a moral duty to protect the lives and livelihoods of its inhabitants and of people around the world from the threat of global warming and believes that its investments should support a future without the catastrophic impacts of a warming environment; and WHEREAS, The Town of Framingham has a duty to its employees and taxpayers to maintain the value of funds invested on their behalf and to avoid risky investments; and WHEREAS, Investments in fossil fuel companies could prove highly risky given that 80% of their proven reserves could become "stranded" and unusable assets if governments act to protect a habitable climate; now THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT Framingham Town Meeting urges its Retirement Board and Town Treasurer to review their investment portfolios in order to identify any holdings that include direct or indirect investments in Fossil Fuel Companies, defined for purposes of this Resolution as any of the two hundred publicly-traded companies with the largest coal, oil and gas reserves (as measured by the gigatons of carbon dioxide that would be emitted if those reserves were extracted and burned) such as those companies listed in the Carbon Tracker Initiative's "Unburnable Carbon" report; and Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That Framingham Town Meeting urges it Retirement Board and the Town Treasurer to adopt policies to divest from such existing public equities,corporate bonds, or other direct holdings in Fossil Fuel Companies within five years and to preclude any new direct investments in Fossil Fuel Companies in the future, and Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That, for any investments of the Town of Framingham in commingled funds that are found to include Fossil Fuel Companies, Town Meeting urges the Retirement Board and Town Treasurer to contact the fund managers and request that the Fossil Fuel Companies be removed from such funds; and Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Town Treasurer and Retirement Board release annualupdates, that are made available to the public, which detail progress made towards fulldivestment in Fossil Fuel Companies within five years; and Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That Town Meeting urges the Board of Selectmen, TownTreasurer and Retirement Board to endorse proposed state legislation requiring divestment of statewide retirement funds (Pension Reserve Investment Trust (PRIT)) from fossil fuelcompanies, and Be it FURTHER RESOLVED, That the TownClerk is requested to send copies of thisResolution to Governor Deval Patrick, State Treasurer Steven Grossman, State Senator Michael Barrett, and State Representative Cory Atkins, or take any other action relative thereto. Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Kenneth Weiss May 15, 2014 Voted: That the Town enact the resolution on Fossil Fuel Divestment as reflected in the Citizens’ Petition article presented in this Annual Town Meeting Warrant. A25–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 15, 2014 Failed: I move that the resolution associated with Article 25 be revised by striking all reference to the retirement board and retirement investment vehicles. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 Town Meeting Journal241 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A26 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham ZoningBylaw by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.S. Agriculture Preservation Development. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 15, 2014 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaw beamended by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.S. Agriculture Preservation Development as set forth in the handout dated April 29, 2014 attached to this motion. 99 voting in favor, 3 opposed, 4 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on September 3, 2014. A26-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Article 26: Agriculture Preservation Development Sponsor: Planning Board Framingham Annual Town Meeting Date: April 29, 2014 I move that the Town vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.S. Agriculture Preservation Development as set forth in the handout dated April 29, 2014 attached to this motion. Section I.E. Definitions Active Farm Parcel: The portion of the Active Farm that shall have an Agriculture Preservation Restriction (APR) placed on the area in perpetuity. A minimum of 70 percent of the Active Farm shall remain as an Active Farm in perpetuity. Active Farm: Land located in the Town of Framingham utilized for agriculture, having a minimum of 15 acres, located in a R-3 or R-4 Single Family Residential Zoning District, enrolled in M.G.L. c. 61 and/or 61A and consisting of one or more contiguous parcels in one ownership throughout or any combination of parcels of land consolidated under a Purchase and Sale Agreement where all such owners jointly apply for an Agriculture Preservation Development Special Permit and that do not have a Conservation Restriction or Agricultural Preservation Restriction on theActive Farm. Agriculture and/or Farm: These terms shall include farming in all of its branches and the cultivation and tillage of soils; dairying; the production, cultivation, growing and harvesting of any agricultural, floriculture or horticultural commodities; the growing and harvesting of forest products upon forest land; the raising of livestock (including horses, the keeping of horses as a commercial enterprise, the keeping and raising of poultry, swine, cattle and other domesticated animals used for food purposes, bees and fur- bearing animals); and any forestry or lumbering operations performed by a farmer. Agricultural Preservation Restriction (APR): A restriction and agreement in perpetuity with owners of an Active Farm Parcel, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 184, § 31. An APR is a legally binding set of restrictions that is monitored and enforced by the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources, a Town Meeting Journal242 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting town conservation commission and/or a land trust. Owners of Active Farms may voluntarily enter into these agreements by selling the APR for a negotiated price based on the appraised value of the restriction. Buildable Parcel: The portion of the Active Farm that may be used for cluster development. The Active Farm Parcel shall not be included in this area. Common Open Space: A portion of the Buildable Parcel that may be used for active, passive or leisure activities by the residents of the Agriculture Preservation Development. Farmer: A person engaged in agriculture or farming as previously defined, or on a farm as an incident to or in conjunction with such farming operation, including preparations for market, delivery to storage or to market or to carriers for transportation to market. IV.S. Agricultural Preservation Development 1.Purpose and Intent The Agricultural Preservation Development (APD) By-law shall apply to parcels of land within the Town of Framingham that meet the definition of an Active Farm. The APD provides landowners with an opportunity to sell up to 30 percent of their land for a residential cluster development while protecting a minimum of 70 percent of the property as an Active Farm Parcel. The intent of the APD is to: a.Promote and protect the Active Farm through conservation of those lands for future agricultural use and/or habitat: b.Maintain an adequate base of agricultural land and activity in Framingham to help ensure the continued economic viability of local farms and thereby contributing to the continued availability of agricultural supported services; c.Preserve land which, by virtue of its soil composition, acreage, location adjacent to and contiguous with other farmland or preserved open space forming discrete blocks of land, and its lack of protection under existing zoning or other laws, comprises the critical unprotected farmland of the Town of Framingham. d.Create a unique cluster development neighborhood setting while preserving important farming resources; e.Establish non-motorized vehicular connections between open space parcels, water resources, neighborhoods, and/or public amenities; and f.Promote land use consistent with the Town’s Master Plan and Open Space & Recreation Plan. 2. Active Farm Parcels a. Applicability To qualify for a special permit under the APD as an Active Farm, the proposed land shall be: i.located in a R-3 or R-4 Single Family Residential Zoning District; ii.consistent with the definition of an Active Farm; and iii.not have been subdivided into smaller parcels, including Approval Not Required (ANR) within a 5-year period prior to submission of an application for Section IV.S, herein. b. Development Requirements The development of the Active Farm Parcel shall require the following conditions: i. The Applicant shall file with the Planning Board a Preliminary Plan conforming to the requirements of Section V.C. of the Framingham Subdivision Rules and Regulations. A Town Meeting Journal243 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Professional Land Surveyor or Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall prepare the Preliminary Plan to determine the number of buildable lots that would be created under conventional zoning. The Preliminary Plan shall identify the quality of the land by identifying all wetlands, vernal pools and slopes over 15 percent. The number of lots shall also be consistent with Section IV.H. Land Disturbance by-law and shall be reviewed and approved as to accuracy by the Town Engineer. ii. A minimum of 70 percent of the Active Farm shall be known as the Preserved Area and shall be preserved under an Agriculture Preservation Restriction (APR) in accordance with Section IV.S.4. and shall remain in private ownership of the Active Farmer. iii.A maximum of 30 percent of the Active Farm shall be known as the Buildable Parcel and may be utilized for residential development. iv. The Applicant shall submit a proposed site plan that may request a unit density bonus of up to 20 percent of the number of buildable lots determined under the Preliminary Plan. During a pre-application meeting, the Planning Board shall determine if the proposed density bonus is acceptable based on the quality of the preserved land. Factors that the Planning Board shall consider to determine the density bonus include the quality of the land preserved and locations of wetlands, vernal pools and slopes over 15 percent and the need for septic systems. 3. Agriculture Preservation Development Requirements Areas allowed for residential development on the Buildable Parcel shall be required to meet the following conditions: Dimensional Regulations a. The APD shall comply with Section IV.S.3.a Table of Dimensional Regulations. However, the Planning Board may waive the requirements for Section IV.S.3.a Table of Dimensional Regulations by a four-fifth vote where such waivers will allow for better design and/or improved protection of natural and scenic resources. Table of Dimensional Regulations Active FarmR-3 & R-4 Lot Frontage for the Buildable Parcel150 Feet Vegetated Buffer Surrounding the Development Adjacent to 100 Feet the Active Farm Vegetated Buffer Surrounding the Development Adjacent to 75 Feet other land uses Front Building Setback30 Feet Side Building Separation50 Feet Rear Building Separation75 Feet Maximum Number of Attached Units 3 Maximum Building Height3 stories/35’ b.Design Standards The Buildable Parcel shall be consistent with the following Site Development and Building Design Standards. i. Dwelling Units: The APD shall be comprised of attached dwelling units and/or single- family dwelling units. Town Meeting Journal244 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting ii. Design: The Neighborhood Cluster Development design standards found in Section IV.R.3.d.2., 4., 7., 9-12, 15-18, and the Affordable Housing requirements of Section IV.O. of the Framingham Zoning By-law apply to this section. iii. Layout of buildings: To maintain the visual scale of the community, each dwelling unit shall have its own exterior entrances. iv. Streets and Utilities:All streets, whether public or private, shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) “Guidelines for Geometric Design of Very Low- Volume Local Roads,” dated 2001 and “Complete Streets Policies” of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. v. Water and sewer facilities and systems and other utilities, whether public or private, shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Department of Public Works and Board of Health and/or Department of Environmental Protection when required. Individual or community septic systems may be allowed, subject to Board of Health and/or Department of Environmental Protection approval, regulations, conditions and restrictions. Public water and sewer infrastructure shall not be constructed or paid for by the Town. vi. Drainage: The Planning Board shall require the use of non-structural stormwater management techniques and other drainage techniques that reduce impervious surface and enable infiltration utilizing “Low Impact Development Techniques” for stormwater management recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where feasible. c.Common Open Space i.An area within the Buildable Parcel shall be designated as Common Open Space for use by the residents of the APD. A minimum of ten percent of the entire Buildable Parcel excluding the vegetated buffers shall be designated as Common Open Space. Common Open Space may be used for active, passive or leisure activities. ii.Common Open Space shall meet the following minimum standards: a.The wetlands or slopes greater than 15 percent shall not comprise more than 25 percent of the Common Open Space, as identified in Section IV.S.2.b.iv., herein. d.Open Space and Connectivity i.A trail within the Active Farm Parcel accessible to the general public shall be established connecting the Buildable Parcel with abutting open space parcels, trail networks, water resources, public amenities, and/or neighborhoods. ii.A minimum of two parking spaces shall be provided for public use, to be utilized while using the trail. One of the two parking spaces shall be ADA compliant. “No Overnight Parking” signage shall be installed. iii.Public access details shall be determined during the public hearing process and written into the Agriculture Preservation Restriction (APR) documents and the homeowners and/or condominium association documents. 4.Agriculture Preservation Restriction The Active Farm Parcelshall be required to meet the following requirements: a.The Town of Framingham acting through its Conservation Commission, a land trust, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts may hold the APR. In no event may the land subject to the Town Meeting Journal245 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting APR be combined, included or joined with or considered as part of the Buildable Parcel. The APR shall not be held under the Active Farm or Active Farmer. In all cases, the terms of the APR, including the nature and extent of public access and provisions for property maintenance, must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Board and Town Counsel. b.The entire Active Farm shall be placed under an APR in perpetuity prior to the issuance of the first building permit at the expense of the Applicant. The APR shall be held by the Town of Framingham and/or a non-profit land trust. c.Additional buildings for the use essential to the Active Farm such as barns, temporary structures, or other accessory buildings within the APR area may be allowed by modification of the approved plan by the Planning Board. d.All of the above restrictions must be written into the APR. The Active Farm subject to an APR may be sold or leased as an Active Farm to a farmer who will continue to maintain the agricultural use of the land. 5. Application Review a. Pre-Application Meeting The applicant shall be required to attend a pre-application meeting with the Planning Board prior to submitting a formal application for APD. Materials shall be submitted prior to the meeting with the Planning Board and shall include the Preliminary Plan as required in Section IV.S.2.b.i. and iv. The pre-application meeting, preliminary materials, and discussions within the conference shall not be binding upon the Planning Board or Applicant for the final approval of the project. b. Application Submittal Application: The Applicant shall apply for a Special Permit and Site Plan Review (Section IV.I.) from the Planning Board. c. Approval The review procedure shall be in conformance with M.G.L. c. 40A, §§ 9 and 11 and Section V.E. of the Framingham Zoning By-law and other permitting and approval processes as may be applicable. The Planning Board may require the Applicant to fund Project Review Consultants to assist in the technical review of the proposal in accordance with the Planning Board’s Administrative Rules and Regulation and M.G.L. c.44, § 53G. d. Homeowners and/or Condominium Association Documentation Homeowner and/or Condominium Association Documentation shall be submitted to the Planning Board prior to the approval of an APD. Documentation shall include a statement regarding the acknowledgement of an existing working farm abutting the parcel, which shall not be deemed as a nuisance. e. Variance Limitations The Planning Board may issue a special permit under this Section, subject to the requirements of this By-law, and in accordance with the additional requirements and standards specified within this Section IV.S., only if no variance has been issued from the requirements of this Section IV.S., herein. A variance under Section IV.S. shall render a property ineligible for the filing of an APD application and special permit under this section. g. No Alterations Town Meeting Journal246 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting No substantial alteration to a parcel of land, which shall include tree removal, utility installations, ditching, grading or construction of roads, grading of land or lots, alteration of or near a wetland or vernal pool or excavation except for purposes of soil testing shall be done within 12 months prior to the filing of an APD application. The above activities shall render a property ineligible for the filing of an APD application and special permit under this section. For the purposes of soil testing and/or well testing the Applicant shall seek appropriate approvals through the Conservation Commission and the Board of Heath. A26–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 15, 2014 Passed: I move to amend Article 26, Section IV.S.2.b.iv. by adding the words “and wells” at the end of the third sentence. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 _________________________________________________________________________ May 15, 2014 Passed: Motion to amend Article 26: Agriculture Preservation Development Bylaw with the proposed language changes to the sections below: 2.b.i. The Applicant shall file with the Planning Board a Preliminary Planconforming to the requirements of Section V.C. of the Framingham Subdivision Rules, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. c. 131, s. 40) and the Town of Framingham Wetlands Protection By-Law (article V, Section 18). A Professional Land Surveyor or Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall prepare the Preliminary Plan to determine the number of buildable lots that would be created under conventional zoning. The Preliminary Plan shall identify the quality of the land by identifying all wetlands, other resource areas, and slopes over 15 percent. The number of lots shall also be consistent with Section IV.H. Land Disturbance by-law and shall be reviewed and approved as to accuracy by the Town Engineer. A copy of the preliminary plan and all documents shall be filed with the Conservation Commission for review. The Conservation Commission shall review the delineated wetlands, resource areas and buffer zones and issue an Order of Conditions under state and local regulations and make a recommendation to the Planning Board. 2.b.iv. The Applicant shall submit a proposed site plan that may request a unit density bonus of up to 20 percent of the number of buildable lots determined under the Preliminary Plan. During a pre-application meeting, the Planning Board shall determine if the proposed density bonus is acceptable based on the quality of the Open Space Preserved Area. Factors that the Planning Board shall consider to determine the density bonus include the quality of the land preserved and locations of wetlands, vernal pools, and all other resources and buffer zones as reviewed by the Conservation Commissionand slopes over 15 percent and any possible need for septic systems. Nicola Cataldo, Precinct 2 A26RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 15, 2014 Passed: Be it resolved, it is the will of Town Meeting that in the future any planning and zoning articles taken up at the Annual Town Meeting be discussed immediately after all budgetary articles. R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 Town Meeting Journal247 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting A27 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.T. Open Space Preservation Development. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 20, 2014 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.T. Open Space Preservation Development as set forth in the handout date April 29, 2014 attached to this motion. 87 voting in favor, 41 opposed, 4 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on September 3, 2014. A27-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Article 27: Open Space Cluster Development Sponsor: Framingham Planning Board Framingham Annual Town Meeting Date: April 29, 2014 I move that the Town vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by adding new definitions to Section I.E. and by adding a new Section IV.T. Open Space Preservation Development as set forth in the handout dated April 29, 2014 attached to this motion. Section I.E. Definitions Open Space Buildable Parcel: The portion of the Open Space Parcel that may be used for cluster development. The Preserved Area shall not be included in this area. Common Open Space Area: A portion of the Open Space Buildable Parcel that may be used for active, passive or leisure activities by the residents of the Open Space Cluster Development. Conservation Restriction (CR): A restriction and agreement in perpetuity for the protection of Open Space, in accordance with M.G.L. c. 184, § 31. A CR is a legally binding set of restrictions that is monitored and enforced by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services, the Town’s Conservation Commission and/or a land trust. Town Meeting Journal248 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Open Space Parcel: Land consisting of 15 acres or more located within the Single Family Residential Zoning District (R-3 and R-4) that has not been protected from development, nor has a conservation restriction or easement placed upon it and consists of one or more contiguous parcels in one ownership throughout or any combination of parcels of land consolidated under a Purchase and Sale Agreement where all such owners jointly apply for Open Space Preservation Development Special Permit and that do not have a Conservation Restriction on the Open Space Preserved Area. Open Space Preserved Area: The portion of the Open Space Parcel that shall have a Conservation Restriction (CR) placed on the area in perpetuity. IV.T. Open Space Cluster Development 2.Purpose and Intent The Open Space Cluster Development (OSCD) By-law shall apply to parcels of land within the Town of Framingham that meet the definition of Open Space Parcel (OSP). The OSCD provides landowners with an alternative to conventional residential subdivision while protecting a large portion of the property in its current state or use. The intent of the OSCD is to: g.Promote and protect the OSP through conservation of those lands in their natural condition, to preserve habitat and environmentally sensitive areas, or passive recreational opportunities; h.Preserve land which, by virtue of its soil composition, acreage, location adjacent to and contiguous with farmland or preserved open space forming discrete blocks of land, and its lack of protection under existing zoning or other laws, comprises the critical unprotected open space areas of the Town of Framingham. i.Create a unique cluster development neighborhood setting while preserving important open space resources; j.Establish non-motorized vehicular connections between open space parcels, water resources, neighborhoods, and/or public amenities; and k.Promote land use consistent with the Town’s Master Plan and Open Space & Recreation Plan. 2. Open Space Parcels a. Applicability To qualify for a special permit under the OSCD the proposed land shall be: i.located in a R-3 or R-4 Single Family Residential Zoning District; ii.consistent with the definition of an Open Space Parcel; and iii.not have been subdivided into smaller parcels, including Approval Not Required (ANR) within a 5 year period prior to submission of an application for Section IV.T, herein. b. Development Requirements The development of the Open Space Parcel shall require the following conditions: i. The Applicant shall file with the Planning Board a Preliminary Plan conforming to the requirements of Section V.C. of the Framingham Subdivision Rules and Regulations. A Town Meeting Journal249 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Professional Land Surveyor or Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall prepare the Preliminary Plan to determine the number of buildable lots that would be created under conventional zoning. The Preliminary Plan shall identify the quality of the land by identifying all wetlands, vernal pools and slopes over 15 percent. The number of lots shall also be consistent with Section IV.H. Land Disturbance by-law and shall be reviewed and approved as to accuracy by the Town Engineer. ii. A minimum of 60 percent of the Open Space Parcel shall be known as the Open Space Preserved Area and shall be preserved under a Conservation Restriction in accordance with Section 4.b. iii. A maximum of 40 percent of the Open Space Parcel shall be known as the Open Space Buildable Parcel and may be utilized for residential development. iv. The Applicant shall submit a proposed site plan that may request a unit density bonus of up to 20 percent of the number of buildable lots determined under the Preliminary Plan. During a pre-application meeting, the Planning Board shall determine if the proposed density bonus is acceptable based on the quality of the Open Space Preserved Area. Factors that the Planning Board shall consider to determine the density bonus include the quality of the land preserved and locations of wetlands, vernal pools and slopes over 15 percent and any possible need for septic systems. 3. Open Space Cluster Development Requirements Areas allowed for residential development on the Open Space Buildable Parcel shall be required to meet the following conditions: a. Dimensional Regulations The OSCD shall comply with Section IV.T.3.a Table of Dimensional Regulations. However, the Planning Board may waive the requirements for Section IV.T.3.a Table of Dimensional Regulations by a four-fifth vote where such waivers will allow for a better design and/or improved protection of natural and scenic resources. Table of Dimensional Regulations Open Space Buildable ParcelR-3 & R-4 Lot Frontage for the Buildable Parcel150 Feet Vegetated Buffer Surrounding the Development Adjacent to the 100 Feet Active Farm Vegetated Buffer Surrounding the Development Adjacent to 75 Feet other land uses Front Building Setback30 Feet Side Building Separation50 Feet Rear Building Separation75 Feet Maximum Number of Attached Units 3 Maximum Building Height3 stories/35’ b. Design Standards The Building Parcel shall be consistent with the following Site Development and Building Design Standards. i. Dwelling Units: The OSPD shall be comprised of attached dwelling units and/or single- family dwelling units. Town Meeting Journal250 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting ii. Design: The Neighborhood Cluster Development design standards found in Section IV.R.3.d.2., 4., 7., 9-12, 15-18 and the Affordable Housing requirements of Section IV.O. of the Framingham Zoning By-law apply to this section. iii. Layout of buildings: To maintain the visual scale of the community, each dwelling unit shall have its own exterior entrances. iv. Streets and Utilities: All streets, whether public or private, shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) “Guidelines for Geometric Design of Very Low- Volume Local Roads,” dated 2001 and “Complete Streets Policies” of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. v. Water and Sewer facilities and systems and other utilities, whether public or private, shall be designed and constructed in accordance with the requirements set forth by the Department of Public Works and Board of Health and/or Department of Environmental Protection. At the request of an applicant the Planning Board, with approval of the Department of Public Works, may waive the Design Standards under the Subdivision Rules and Regulations provided the Board determines such exceptions are in the public interest, and that the waiver furthers the purposes of this Section. Individual or community septic systems may be allowed, subject to Board of Health and/or Department of Environmental Protection approval, regulations, conditions and restrictions. Public water and sewer infrastructure shall not be constructed or paid for by the Town. vi. Drainage: The Planning Board shall require the use of non-structural stormwater management techniques and other drainage techniques that reduce impervious surface and enable infiltration utilizing “Low Impact Development Techniques” for stormwater management recommended by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection where feasible. c. Common Open Space Area iii.An area within the Open Space Buildable Parcel shall be designated as Common Open Space Area for the use by the residents of the OSCD. At least 800 square feet per bedroom shall be designated as Common Open Space Area. Common Open Space Area may be used for active, passive or leisure activities. iv.Common Open Space Area shall meet the following minimum standards: a.The wetlands or slopes greater than 15 percent shall not comprise more than 25 percent of the Common Open Space Area, as identified in the Preliminary Plan, Section IV.T.2.b.i. herein. d. Open Space and Connectivity i.A trail within the Open Space Preserved Area accessible to the general public shall be established connecting the Open Space Parcel with abutting open space parcels, trail networks, water resources, public amenities, public ways and/or neighborhoods. ii.A minimum of two parking spaces shall be provided for public use, to be utilized while using the trail. One of the two parking spaces shall be ADA compliant. “No Overnight Parking” signage shall be installed. iii.Public access details shall be determined during the public hearing process and written into the Conservation Restriction (CR) documents and the homeowners and/or condominium association documents. 4. Conservation Restriction The Open Space Preserved Area shall be required to meet the following requirements: Town Meeting Journal251 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting a.The Town of Framingham acting through its Conservation Commission, a land trust, or the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall hold the CR. TheCR of the Open Space Preserved Area shall not remain under Open Space Preserved Area Owner. In no event may the land subject to the CR be combined, included or joined with or considered as part of the Open Space Parcel nor shall the owner of the Open Space Preserved Area hold the CR. In all cases, the terms of the CR, including the nature and extent of public access and provisions for property maintenance, must be reviewed and approved by the Planning Board and Town Counsel. b.The entire Open Space Preserved Area shall be placed under a CR in perpetuity prior to the issuance of the first building permit at the expense of the Applicant, held by the Town of Framingham and a non-profit land trust. c.The CR shall be drafted to include the provision that no active recreational facilities shall occur on the Open Space Preserved Area. The holder of the CR may allow for passive recreation opportunities on the Open Space Preserved Area through consent with the owner of the land. d.All of the above restrictions must be written into the CR. 5. Application Review a. Pre-Application Meeting The applicant shall be required to attend a pre-application meeting with the Planning Board prior to submitting a formal application for OSCD. Materials shall be submitted prior to the meeting with the Planning Board and shall include preliminary plan and proposed Preliminary Plan as required in Section IV.T.2.b.i and iv. The pre-application meeting, preliminary materials, and discussions within the meeting shall not be binding upon the Planning Board or Applicant for the final approval of the project. b. Application Submittal Application: The Applicant shall apply for a special permit and site plan review (Sec IV.I.) from the Planning Board. c. Approval The review procedure shall be in conformance with M.G.L. c. 40A, §§ 9, 11 and Section V.E. of the Framingham Zoning By-law and other permitting and approval processes as may be applicable. The Planning Board may require the Applicant to fund project review consultants to assist in the technical review of the proposal in accordance with the Planning Board’s Administrative Rules and Regulation and M.G.L. c.44, § 53G. d. Homeowners and/or Condominium Association Documentation Homeowner and/or Condominium Association Documentation shall be submitted to the Planning Board prior to the approval of an OSCD. f. Variance Limitation The Planning Board may issue a special permit under this Section, subject to the requirements of this By-law, and in accordance with the additional requirements and standards specified within this Section IV.T., only if no variance has been issued from the requirements of this Section IV.T., herein. A variance under Section IV.T. shall render a property ineligible for the filing of an OSCD application and special permit under this section. g. No Alterations Town Meeting Journal252 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting No substantial alteration to a parcel of land, which shall include tree removal, utility installations, ditching, grading or construction of roads, grading of land or lots, alteration of or near a wetland or vernal pool or excavation except for purposes of soil testing shall be done within 12 months prior to the filing of an OSCD application. The above activities shall render a property ineligible for the filing of an OSCD application and special permit under this section. For the purposes of soil testing and/or well testing the Applicant shall seek appropriate approvals through the Conservation Commission and the Board of Heath. A27A/ RTICLE DDITIONAL MOTIONSAMENDMENTS May 20, 2014 Passed: I move to amend Article 27, Section IV.T.2.b.iv. by adding the words “and wells” at the end of the third sentence. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 20, 2014 Failed: I move Article 27 be referred back to the Planning Board and brought back to the Fall 2014 TM with revisions. Kathy Vassar, Precinct 1 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 20, 2014 Passed: Motion to amend Article 27: Open Space Preservation Development By-law with the proposed language changes to the sections below: 2.b.i. The Applicant shall file with the Planning Board a Preliminary Plan conforming to the requirements of Section V.C. of the Framingham Subdivision Rules, the Massachusetts Wetlands Protection Act (M.G.L. c. 131 s. 40) and the Town of Framingham Wetlands Protection By-law (article V, section 18).A Professional Land Surveyor or Engineer licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts shall prepare the Preliminary Plan to determine the number of buildable lots that would be created under conventional zoning. The Preliminary Plan shall identify the quality of the land by identifying all wetlands, other resource areas, and slopes over 15 percent. The number of lots shallaslo be consistent with Section IV.H Land Disturbance by- law and shall be reviewed and approved as to accuracy by the Town Engineer. A copy of the preliminary plan and all documents shall be filed with the Conservation Commission for review. The Conservation Commission shall review the delineated wetlands, resource areas, and buffer zones and issue an Order of Conditions under state and local regulations and make a recommendation to the Planning Board. 2.b.iv. The Applicant shall submit a proposed siteplan that may request a unit density bonus of up to 20 percent of the number of buildable lots determined under the Preliminary Plan. During a pre-application meeting, the Planning Board shall determine if the proposed density bonus is acceptable based on the quality of the Open Space Preserved Area. Factors that the Planning Board shall consider to determine the density bonus include the quality of the land preserved and locations of wetlands, vernal pools,and all other resources and buffer zones as reviewed by the Conservation Commissionand slopes over 15 percent and any possible need for septic systems. A28 RTICLE Town Meeting Journal253 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting To hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Claudette Circle Extension from the limits of the 1968 acceptance of Claudette Circle to its end pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2014 Voted: That a report of the Board of Selectmen be heard relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Claudette Circle Extension from the limits of the 1968 acceptance of Claudette Circle to its end pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and that the Town accept the laying out of said street as a public way, as laid outby the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the office of the Town Clerk; Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept the deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and that the Board of Selectmen and other officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. A29 RTICLE To hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Currier Drive from the limits of the1978 acceptance of Currier Drive to its eastern end pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote ortake any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2014 Voted: That a report of the Board of Selectmen be heard relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Currier Drive from the limits of the 1978 acceptance of Currier Drive to its eastern end pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and that the Town accept the laying out of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the office of the Town Clerk; Town Meeting Journal254 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept the deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. A30 RTICLE To hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Walkup Circle from Claudette Circle Extension to its end pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept a deed or deeds to the Town of a fee simple interest or easements in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said streets, and to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2014 Voted: That a report of the Board of Selectmen be heard relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration to Walkup Circle from the Claudette Circle Extension to its end pursuant to Chapter 82 or the General Laws; and that the Town accept the laying out of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the office of the Town Clerk. Further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to acquire by gift, purchase, eminent domain, or otherwise, and to accept the deed or deeds to Town of a fee simple interest or easments in any land necessary for said laying out, and any associated drainage, utility or other easements for said street, and that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to carry out the purposes of this article. A31 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to petition the General Court for a special act providing that legislation be adopted in the form set forth below; provided, however, that the General Court may make clerical or editorial changes of form only to the bill, unless the Board of Selectmen approve amendments to the bill before enactment by the General Court; and provided further that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to approve amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition: SECTION 1.Notwithstanding the provisions of Chapters 82 and 79 of the General Laws or any other general or special law to the contrary, the Town of Framingham may employ the procedure hereinafter set out for municipal acceptance of roads constructed within a subdivision in accordance with a definitive subdivision plan which has been approved under the Subdivision Control Law. The Board of Selectmen shall hold a public hearing, after first giving written notice by first-class mail, postage prepaid, to the owner of record of each property abutting the road or roads, as appears from municipal records, and Town Meeting Journal255 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting giving notice by publication in anewspaper of local circulation at least seven days prior to the hearing. The sole purpose of the public hearing shall be to determine whether it is in the public interest to accept the road or roads as a public way. If the Framingham Board of Selectmen determines, after the public hearing, that it is in the public interest to accept the road or roads, they shall so-vote, by a majority vote, and place an article on the warrant for the next annual or special town meeting for acceptance of the road or roads. Upon a two-thirds vote of Town Meeting to accept the road or roads, the Board of Selectmen shall cause to be prepared for recording at the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds an Order of Acceptance setting forth the vote of the Town Meeting. The Order of Acceptance shall contain a description of or reference to a plan showing the boundaries and measurements of the road, which may be an existing approved and recorded definitive subdivision plan. The Order of Acceptance shall be recorded within thirty days following the Town Meeting vote and, upon recordation, shall operate to vest ownership of a permanent roadway easement in the road or roads for all purposes for which public ways are commonly used in the Town of Framingham, together with ownership of all utility, drainage access, and other easements shown on the plan and specifically identified in the Order of Acceptance, as well as all pipes, structures, and other improvements located therein, in the Town of Framingham with no additional notice or other action required. No owner or interest holder of land abutting a road so-accepted or subject to an easement shown on said plan shall have any claim for compensation against the Town on account of said acceptance. SECTION 2.This act shall take effect upon its passage. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2014 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to petition the General Court for a special act to adopt legislation providing for municipal acceptance of roads constructed within a subdivision in accordance with a definitive subdivision plan approved under the Subdivision Control Law as printed in the warrant; and further, that the Board of Selectmen be authorized to approve amendments which shall be within the scope of the general public objectives of the petition. 120voting in favor, 1 opposed. A32 RTICLE To hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration of Concord Road and School Street in the locations shown on a plan entitled “The Widening and Relocation of a Portion of Concord Road from Station 12+82.94 to Station 16+58.45 and School Street from Station 300+00.00 to Station 301+74.40” pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said streets as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen and Town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 20, 2014 Voted: That a report of the Board of Selectmen be heard relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration of Concord Street and School Street in the locations shown on a plan Town Meeting Journal256 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting entitled “The Widening and Relocation of a Portion of Concord Street from Station 12+82.94 to Station 16+58.45 and School Street from Station 300+00.00 to Station 301+74.40” pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and that the Town accept the laying out of said streets as a publicway, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the office of the Town Clerk; And Further, that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. A33 RTICLE To hear a report of the Board of Selectmen relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration of Edmands Road in the locations shown on a plan entitled “Town of Framingham Alteration to Roadway Layout of a Portion of Edmands Road” pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and to see if the Town will vote to accept said street or the widening or alteration of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and as shown on a plan or plans on file in the Office of the Town Clerk; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen and town officers to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen / Department of Public Works May 21, 2014 Voted: That a report of the Board of Selectmen be heard relative to the laying out, the widening of, or the alteration of Edmands Road in the locations shown on a plan entitled “Town of Framingham Alteration to Roadway Layout of a Portion of Edmands Road” pursuant to Chapter 82 of the General Laws; and that the Town accept the laying out of said street as a public way, as laid out by the Board of Selectmen and a s shown on a plan or plans on file in the office of the Town Clerk; And further, that the Board of Selectmen and town officers be authorized to take all related actions necessary or appropriate to carry out the purposes of this article. A34 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to grant a drainage easement to Danforth Green, LLC, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen deems appropriate, over, upon, across, and through the Town-owned property located off Riverpath Drive as shown in the background materials; Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager / Department of Public Works May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen be authorized to grant a drainage easement to Danforth Green, LLC, upon such terms and conditions as the Board of Selectmen deems appropriate, over, upon, across, and through the Town-owned property located off Riverpath Drive as shown in the background materials. A35 RTICLE Town Meeting Journal257 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-laws of the Town; Article II – Functions and Authority of Permanent Officers, Boards and Committees of the Town By adding the following; Section 2 - Town Manager 2.7(g) Prepare and submit annually a warrant article for the Fall Town Meeting topresent an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal year; and requesting the advise and consent of the Town Meeting on the maximum increase in the current year’s tax levy which should be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget presentation for the Annual Town Meeting. Pass any vote or take any vote. Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Theodore C. Anthony, Jr. May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend the By-laws of the Town; Article II –Functions and Authority of Permanent Officers, Boards and Committees of the Town of Framingham By adding the following; Section 2 – Town Manager 2.7(g) Prepare and submit annually a warrant article for the Fall Town Meeting to present an assessment of the budgetary needs of the town for the next fiscal year; and requesting the advice and consent of the Town Meeting on the maximum increase in the current year’s tax levy which should be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget presentation for the annual Town Meeting. Approved by the Attorney General on September 3, 2014. A35–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 21, 2014 Passed: Amend Art. 35 to cross out words “and consent” and add after the words “annual town meeting”, the words “such a budget shall be presented as an option for the annual town meeting.” Martin Ned Price, Precinct 17 _______________________________________________________________________________ May 21, 2014 Failed: I move Article 35 be referred back to the Sponsor. Richard J. Weader, II, Precinct 4 _______________________________________________________________________________ A36 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-laws of the Town; Article III – Town Meetings By adding the following at the end of paragraph 1.13.3; The Chief Financial Officer shall also present an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal year including the anticipated change in the current year’s tax levy recommended to be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget Town Meeting Journal258 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Pass any vote or take any vote. Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Theodore C. Anthony, Jr. May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend the By-laws of the Town; Article III – Town Meeting By adding the following at the end of paragraph 1.13.3; The Chief Financial Officer shall also present an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal year including the anticipated change in the current year’s tax levy recommended to be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget. Approved by the Attorney General on June 24, 2014. A36RA RTICLE ESOLUTION May 21, 2014 Failed: Be it resolved, it is the will of Town Meeting that the CFO present annually at the Fall Town Meeting an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal year including the anticipated change in the current year’s tax levy recommended to be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget; and Town Meeting further requests that the Town Manager prepare and submit a warrant article for the Fall Town Meeting requesting the advice and consent of Town Meeting on the maximum increase to the current year’s tax levy which should be used in preparing the next fiscal year’s budget. Audrey Hall, Precinct 3 Standing Committee on Ways and Means Chair A37 RTICLE I move that the Town vote to amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Bylaws by adding the “Board of Assessors” after "Cemetery Trustees”. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Assessors May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Laws by adding the “Board of Assessors” after “Cemetery Trustees”. Approved by the Attorney General on June 24, 2014. A38 RTICLE I move that the Town vote to amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Bylaws by adding the “Veterans Council” after "Cemetery Trustees”. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Veterans Council Town Meeting Journal259 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend Article I, Section 2.3 of the General Laws by adding the “Veterans Council” after “Cemetery Trustees”. Approved by the Attorney General on June 24, 2014. A39 RTICLE To see if the town will amend the Town bylaws Article III, Section 1.5 by replacing the paragraph setting the requirements for publishing the Town warrant articles and motions. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Rules Committee May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend the Town bylaws, Article III, Section 1.5 by replacing this section with the following: 1.5The warrant for a Town Meeting and the motions underwarrant articles shall be made available to residents of the town as described below. 1.5.1 The warrant for a Town Meeting shall be posted at the Town Hall, at the Town Libraries, and on the Town website at least seven days before the date of the Annual Town Meeting for the election of town officers and determination of ballot questions, and at least fourteen days before the date of a Special Town Meeting. 1.5.2 A notice that a Town Meeting Warrant is available on the Town webstite, at the Town Libraries, and at the Town Manager’s office shall be printed in one issue of a newspaper of general circulation in the Town concurrent with the posting of the warrant as stated in 1.5.1 above plus one additional issue of the newspaper. 1.5.3 At least twenty-one days before the first adjourned session of the Annual Town Meeting for the election of town officers and determination of ballot question, and at least fourteen days before the date of a Special Town Meeting, the warrant, together with motions and background material for all warrant articles shall be made available to all Town Meeting Members. This material shall be mailed to each Town Meeting Member unless another means of delivery is acceptable to a Town Meeting Member. In addition, this material shall also be available on the town website. Approved by the Attorney General on September 3, 2014. A40 RTICLE To see if the town will amend the Town bylaws Article III, Section 1.15 by adding a new paragraph setting the required percentage of Town Meetings that a Town Meeting Member must attend to remain a Town Meeting Member. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Rules Committee May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend the Town bylaws, Article III, Section 1.15 by replacing this section with the following: Town Meeting Journal260 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 1.15 A record available for public inspection shall be kept by the Town Clerk of the attendance of Town Meeting Members at each Town Meeting or adjourned Town Meeting thereafter. 1.15.1 No later than thirty (30) calendar days before nomination papers for Town Meeting representatives are due, the Town Clerk shall post on the Town website the attendance records of all Town Meeting Members for the previous year. 1.15.2 A Town Meeting Member who does not attend at least twenty-five (25) per cent of the Town Meeting sessions for which the person is qualified during the period beginning from the first day of the year, or beginning from the time the person is qualified, and ending on the last day of the year shall be deemed to have abandoned that office as of the last day of such period. Approved by the Attorney General on September 3, 2014. A40–AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 21, 2014 Failed: I move to refer back to Sponsor Jeffrey M. Cox, Precinct 14 A41 RTICLE To see if the Town will ask the Board of Selectmen to petition the legislature to amend Chapter 143 of the Acts of 1949 SECTION 7 regarding the attendance at Town Meeting of division heads or chairs of boards and committees. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Rules Committee May 21, 2014 Voted: That the Board of Selectmen petition the Legislature to amend Section 7 of Chapter 143 of the Acts of 1949, an Act Establishing in the Town of Framingham Representative Town Government by Limited Town Meeting, by replacing the current text with the following: It shall be the duty of the Town Counsel to attend all session of Town Meeting and, further, the chair of an elected or appointed board or committee of the Town, or their designee, shallattend all sessions of Town Meeting at which an article relevant to their position may be discussed. A42 RTICLE To see if the Town will ask the Board of Selectmen to petition the legislature to amend Chapter 143 of the Acts of 1949 SECTION 7 regarding the election of Town Meeting Members. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Rules Committee May 21, 2014 Failed: That the Board of Selectmen petition the Legislature to amend Section 2 of Chapter 143 of the Acts of 1949, An Act Establishing in the Town of Framingham Representative Town Government by Limited Town Meetings, by adding a new sentence after the following: Town Meeting Journal261 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting The provisions of the general laws relating to precinct voting at elections, so far as the same are not inconsistent with this act, shall apply to all elections and primaries in the town upon the establishment of voting precincts as above provided. The new sentence would be as follows: At any election of Town Meeting Members a registered voter must receive at least two votes to be elected. A42-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS May 21, 2014 Failed: I move that the main motion of article 42 be amended by replacing “two votes” with “five votes” so that the final sentence reads “At any election of Town Meeting Members, a registered voter must receive at least five votes to be elected.” R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 A43 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Zoning Bylawby adding to Section IV, Special Regulations, G 3, Lot Area Regulations, 5 (b), Projections into Setbacks, subparagraph (b) a new class of exceptions defined in subparagraph (2) below in italics so that the entire 5 (b) section shall be as follows: 5. Setback Regulations (a.) Front and Side Setback Requirements where a minimum depth of setback is specified in Section IV, G, 2, no building or structure shall be erected within the specified distance from the applicable lot line, except as permitted hereunder. (1.) Uncovered steps and ramps, and walls and fences no greater than six feet in height above the natural grade, may be permitted in a setback. (2.) A portico over a front or a side doorway, or both, including a pediment, triangular-shaped or otherwise, supporting columns and decorative pilasters, over a landing or an entrance area, open or enclosed; the entrance area not being more than fifty (50) square feet in area. Excluded from this exception are porticos in excess of one story in height. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Zoning Board of Appeals May 20, 2014 Voted: That the Zoning By-law be amended by adding to Section IV, Special Regulations, Section IV.G.5.(b), Projections into Setbacks, a new paragraph (2) below in italics so that the entire Section 5(b) shall be as follows: a.Projections into Setbacks 1.Uncovered steps and ramps, and walls and fences no greater than six feet in height above the natural grade, may be permitted in a setback. 2.A portico over a front or a side doorway, or both, including a pediment, triangular-shaped or otherwise, supporting columns and decorative Town Meeting Journal262 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting pilasters, over a landing or an entrance area, open or enclosed; the entrance area not being more than fifty square feet in area, may be permitted in a setback. Excluded fromthis exception are porticos in excess of one-story height. 122 Voting in favor, 2 opposed, 0 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on June 24, 2014. A44 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning Bylaw by amending Section III.H. Flood Plain Districts and associated maps in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) update. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board May 20, 2014 Voted: That the Town amend the Framingham Zoning By-Law by amending Section III.H. Flood Plain Districts and associated maps in accordance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) update as presented in the background information of the Town Meeting Warrant submitted to Annual TownMeeting and attached. 120 voting in favor, 2 opposed, 0 abstentions. Approved by the Attorney General on June 24, 2014. A44-A RTICLE TTACHMENT H. FLOODPLAIN DISTRICTS 1. Establishment of Districts The Floodplain District is herein established as an overlay district. The District includes all special flood hazard areas within the Town of Framingham designated as Zone A and AE on the Middlesex County Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the administration of the National Flood Insurance Program. The map panels of the Middlesex County FIRM that are wholly or partially within the Town of Framingham are panel numbers 25017C0501F , 25017C0502F , 25017C0503F , 25017C0504F, 25017C0506F, 25017C0508F, 25017C0509F, 25017C0511F, 25017C0512F, 25017C0514F, 25017C0516F, 25017C0517F, 25017C0518F, and 25017C0519F, dated July 7, 2014. The exact boundaries of the District may be defined by the 100-year base flood elevations shown on the FIRM and further defined by the Middlesex County Flood Insurance Study (FIS) report dated July 7, 2014. The FIRM and FIS report are incorporated herein by reference and are on file with the Town Clerk, Town Engineer, Building Department, Planning Department, and Conservation Commission. 2. Applicability a. All proposed development in a Floodplain District shall require a permit from the Building Commissioner. Town Meeting Journal263 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting b. In addition to a permit from the Building Commissioner, any construction, enlargement, extension, or substantial improvement of a new or existing building for human habitation, normally allowed by right or authorized by special permit in a land area underlying a Floodplain District, shall require a special permit from the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). c. In the regulatory floodway, any development or encroachment, including fill, which would result in any increase in flood levels during the base flood shall be prohibited. In Zones A and AE, along watercourses that have not had a regulatory floodway designated, the best available Federal, State, local, or other floodway data shall be used to prohibit encroachments in floodways which would result in any increase in flood levels within the community during the occurrence of the base flood discharge. d. Base flood elevation data is required for subdivision proposals or other developments greater than 50 lots or 5 acres, whichever is the lesser, within unnumbered A zones. All subdivision proposals must be designed to assure that: (1) Such proposals minimize flood damage; (2) All public utilities and facilities are located and constructed to minimize or eliminate flood damage; and (3) Adequate drainage is provided to reduce exposure to flood hazards. 3. Application Procedure Prior to the filing of an application subject to this section, the applicant shall submit plans to the Building Commissioner. The Commissioner shall advise the applicant as to the pertinent sections of the Zoning By-Law and the State Building Code particularly Section 744 of such code which is incorporated herein by reference. If a special permit is required, the applicant shall then submit seven copies of the application to the ZBA, who shall forthwith transmit one copy each to the Town Clerk, the Conservation Commission, the Board of Health, the Engineering Department, the Planning Department, and the Planning Board. Such agencies shall, within 30 days of receiving said copy, submit a report containing recommendations and the reasons therefor to the ZBA, and may prescribe conditions deemed appropriate for the proposed use. The ZBA shall not render a decision on any such application until said recommendations have been received and considered, or until the 30-day period has expired, whichever is earlier. Failure of such agencies to submit their respective recommendations shall be deemed concurrence thereto. To assist the ZBA in rendering its decision on the application, said application shall indicate at least the following: a. All information normally required in a building permit application. b. If approval for development must be obtained from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts or the United States Government or any agency or subdivision thereof, such approval shall be obtained, and a copy of the document setting forth such approval, and any conditions imposed thereon, shall be filed with the ZBA as part of this application. c. The boundary of the special flood hazard area and the regulatory floodway shall be drawn on a plan of the site which shall also include contour lines at a maximum of two foot intervals. Base flood elevation on this site plan shall be certified by a registered professional engineer, architect, or surveyor. In unnumbered A zones base flood elevation data from sources other than the FIRM shall be obtained and reasonably utilized. Town Meeting Journal264 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting d. Location of existing and proposed sewer disposal facilities, leaching fields, and other utilities. e. For any building to be occupied as a residence, certification by a registered professional engineer, architect, or surveyor that the proposed structure has been planned and designed to have the lowest floor, including the basement, elevated above the level of the base flood. f. For any building not to be occupied as a residence, either certification as above that the lowest floor will be elevatedabove the level of the base flood, or certification by a registered professional engineer or architect that the building is planned and designed so that it will be watertight and anchored to resist forces associated with the base flood. g. Other information as may reasonably be required by the ZBA to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section. 4.Conditions for Approval In rendering its decision, the ZBA shall evaluate the extent to which the application meets the following conditions: a. All other necessary permits have been received from those governmental agencies from which approval is required by Federal or State Law. b. New construction (including prefabricated buildings and mobile homes) and substantial improvements will be anchored to prevent flotation and lateral movement, and will be constructed with flood-resistant materials and methods. c. Proposed development, including utilities, drainage, and paved areas, is located and designed to be consistent with the need to minimize flooddamage. d. The site plan includes all required information, including base flood elevation data. e. New water and sewer systems (including on-site systems) are located and designed to minimize infiltration. f. New and substantially improved residential buildings have been planned and designed to have the lowest floor (including basement) elevated to or above the base flood level. g. New and substantially improved non-residential buildings have been planned and designed to have the lowest floor (including basement) elevated to or above the base flood level; or be floodproofed to or above that level. h. Where floodproofing is used in lieu of elevation, the floodproofing methods used are adequate to withstand the forces associated with the base flood. i. Proposed development will not encroach on the regulatory floodway. 5.Occupancy Permit No building newly constructed or substantially improved within a Floodplain District shall be occupied or used without an occupancy permit signed by the Building Commissioner which permit shall not be issued until the development complies in all respects with the site plan approved by the Town Meeting Journal265 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting ZBA and any conditions imposed by the ZBA on the granting of a special permit for development in a Floodplain District. No occupancy permit shall be signed by the Building Commissioner until a Post Construction Elevation Certificate/Flood proofing Certificate has been submitted certifying that the building has been elevated above the level of the base flood or, for non-residential buildings, that the building has been floodproofed at least to the base flood elevation. In cases where a variance has been granted by the ZBA permitting construction below the base flood level and/or without adequate floodproofing, an occupancy permit may begranted in accordance with the conditions imposed by the ZBA on the granting of a variance. 6. Notification of Watercourse Alteration In a riverine situation, the Town Engineer shall notify the following of any alteration or relocation of a watercourse: a. Adjacent communities affected by the alteration of the watercourse; b. NFIP State Coordinator, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation; and c. NFIP Program Specialist, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Region I. Town Meeting Journal266 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting O21,2014STM CTOBER PECIAL OWN EETING A1 RTICLE To see if the town will vote to hear reports from various Departments, Boards, Committees and Commissions listed in this warrant article unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members. The requested reports are: 1. Report form the Chief Financial Officer on the following standard reports for the Fall Town Meeting: a. A report on the long-term financial forecast of revenue and major expense increases, b.Transfers made by the Finance Committee from the Reserve Fund during the previous fiscal year, c. Transfers made during the previous fiscal year from the budget of one department to the budget for another department by the Division Director responsible for both departments, d.The final budget and actual expenses for each budget category for the 2014 fiscal year, e. The count of Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) staff employed in each department as of the end of the 2014 fiscal year, f.All revenue received during the 2014 fiscal year by each department, including the School Department, from all grants or other funding sources not included in the operating budget, g. The fund balance at the end of FY2014 on all revolving funds and other funds not part of a department budget, h.For each special account (not a department account) the amount accumulated in the special account over many years but not yet expended (not including grant revenue). The report should also include the number of town employees funded and whether these employees received town benefits. The non-departments should include but are not limited to the following: Cultural Council, Elderly Disabled Committee, Conservation, Media Services, Parking Meter, and Edgell Cemetery, i.Update on the OPEB account including the incremental impact of new collective bargaining agreements and current liabilities. 2. Report from the Director of Public Works on the following special projects: a.Birch Road Wells project, b. Update on current construction projects. 3. Report from the Town Clerk on the status of Town bylaws passed under Articles 35-40 at the 2014 ATM. 4. Report from the Town Clerk regarding Town Meeting’s request to send to various elected officials copies of the Resolution approved by the motion regarding divestment of investments in Fossil Fuel Companies. (2014 ATM Article 26) 5. Report by the Town Manager on the follow up to the Matrix Consulting Group and Assessment Review Committee reports regarding the Town’s assessing practices and report the status of the recommendations and documentation requests. (2014 ATM Article 24) 6. Report from the Chief Financial Officer providing an assessment of the budgetary needs of the Town for the next fiscal year and the anticipated change in the current year’s tax levy recommended to be used in preparing the FY2016 fiscal year’s budget. (2014 ATM Article 36) Town Meeting Journal267 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 7.Report from the Selectmen on the estimated total of real estate assessments for the current year and estimated tax rate for the following year. 8. Any other reports recommended by the Board of Selectmen or requested by a committee. And after all reports are given the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions on the reports and hear replies; then this article shall be disposed. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules October 21, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting hear reports from various Departments, Boards, Committees and Commissions listed in this warrant article with the addition of a report from the DPW designated as item 2C, Update on Inventory System, unless said reports have been made in writing and placed on the table at Town Meeting for Town Meeting Members. Further, that after all reports are given, the Moderator shall allow a period of time for Town Meeting Members to ask questions relating to the reports and hear replies; then this article is disposed. A2 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize payments of unpaid bills of prior years of the Town to be paid from the Fiscal Year 2015 departmental budgets in which they were incurred. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 21, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting authorize payment of the following unpaid bills of prior years of the Town. These bills are to be paid from the FY2015 departmental budget in which they were incurred. Human Resources –The EAP Network $875.00 School Department – Grainger $126.32 A3 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to transfer the sum of $5,764 fromthe handicapped parking fines receipt for appropriation fund, for expenditure by the Disability Commission on projects for the benefit of persons with disabilities. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief FinancialOfficer/Disability Commission October 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town transfer the sum of $5,764.00 from the handicap parking fines receipt reserved for appropriation fund, to be expended by the Disability Commission on projects for the benefit of people with disabilities. A4 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to approve collective bargaining agreements for Framingham Professional Administrators Union SEIU Local 888 and Framingham Police Officers Union and additional unions if they settle in advance of Town Meeting. Town Meeting Journal268 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer / Human Resources October 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town approve the Collective Bargaining Agreement that has been settled with the Framingham Police Patrol Union effective FY2013-FY2015 and the corresponding Salary Schedule as attached; and transfer $239,948 from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Salary Reserve and $210,052 from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Group Health Insurance to the Police Division. Further, that the Town approve Collective Bargaining Agreement for the Local SEUI 888 Professional Administrators Union effective FY2015-FY2017 and the corresponding Salary Schedule as attached; and transfer $54,147 from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Group Health Insurance as follows: Parks Division $1,819 Finance Division $28,864 Inspectional Services Division $12,748 Community Economic Development Division $2,490 Technology Services Division$8,226 A4-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Police Officers Union 474 July 1, 2012 - June 30 ,2013 Effective July 1, 2012 FY13 COLA 1% Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 POLI 43,142 46,451 47,876 49,295 50,551 51,811 52,328 July 1, 2013 - June 30 ,2014 Effective July 1, 2013 FY14 COLA 1% 1% Increase for Step 7 Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 POLI 43,574 46,915 48,355 49,789 51,057 52,329 53,380 July 1, 2014 - December 31 ,2014 Effective July 1, 2014 FY15 COLA 1% Increase 6.5% for eliminating stipends (Prints & Photos, Hazardous Duty, Accreditation) Exchange 1% Increase for FLMA Reduction Add Step 8 at 2% increase from Step 7 for 25 years of service Town Meeting Journal269 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Add Step 9 at 2% increase from Step 8 for 26 years of service Add Step 10 at 2% increase from Step 9 for 27 years of service Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 POLI 47,339 50,969 52,533 54,091 55,468 56,851 57,992 59,152 60,335 61,541 January 1, 2015 - June 30 ,2015 Eecve January 1, 2015 FY15 COLA 1% Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 POLI 47,812 51,478 53,058 54,632 56,023 57,419 58,572 59,743 60,938 62,157 Professional Administrators SEIU Local 888 July 1, 2014 - June 30 ,2015 Eecve July 1, 2014 FY15 $50 for all Step 10 + Eecve COLA 2% Step Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 10 PR 1 41,775 42,611 43,462 44,336 45,223 46,122 47,044 47,981 48,941 49,972 PR 2 45,948 46,873 47,809 48,769 49,743 50,740 51,750 52,785 53,844 54,967 PR 3 50,556 51,565 52,599 53,647 54,719 55,814 56,935 58,068 59,225 60,459 PR 4 55,580 56,688 57,822 58,979 60,162 61,369 62,600 63,857 65,137 66,493 PR 5 61,171 62,391 63,634 64,903 66,196 67,526 68,881 70,260 71,664 73,144 PR 6 69,718 71,109 72,526 73,979 75,457 76,972 78,512 80,088 81,689 83,378 July 1, 2015 - June 30 ,2016 Eecve July 1, 2015 FY16 COLA 1% Step Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 10 PR 1 42,192 43,037 43,896 44,780 45,675 46,583 47,515 48,461 49,431 50,472 PR 2 Town Meeting Journal270 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 46,408 47,341 48,287 49,257 50,241 51,247 52,268 53,312 54,382 55,517 PR 3 51,062 52,081 53,125 54,183 55,266 56,372 57,504 58,649 59,818 61,064 PR 4 56,136 57,255 58,401 59,569 60,764 61,982 63,226 64,495 65,788 67,159 PR 5 61,783 63,014 64,270 65,552 66,858 68,201 69,569 70,963 72,381 73,875 PR 670,415 71,820 73,252 74,719 76,211 77,742 79,297 80,889 82,506 84,212 July 1, 2016 - June 30 ,2017 Effective July 1, 2016 FY17 COLA 1% Step Grade Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 10 PR 1 42,615 43,468 44,335 45,228 46,132 47,049 47,990 48,946 49,925 50,977 PR 2 46,872 47,815 48,770 49,749 50,743 51,760 52,790 53,845 54,926 56,072 PR 3 51,573 52,601 53,656 54,725 55,818 56,936 58,079 59,235 60,416 61,675 PR 4 56,697 57,828 58,985 60,165 61,371 62,602 63,859 65,140 66,446 67,830 PR 5 62,400 63,645 64,913 66,207 67,527 68,883 70,265 71,673 73,105 74,614 PR 6 71,119 72,539 73,984 75,466 76,974 78,519 80,090 81,698 83,331 85,054 A4-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 21, 2014 Failed: I move that Article 4 be referred back to Sponsor. Jim Pillsbury, Precinct 6 A5 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to approve the FY2015 COLA for Non-Union Municipal Employees and adopt any necessary changes to the corresponding Salary Schedules. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer / Human Resources October 21, 2014 Voted: That the Town amendthe Personnel Bylaw of the Town by adopting the new FY15 Salary Schedules, so called M scale and DH scale as provided in the background material. Further, that the Town transfer $207,311 from the Miscellaneous/Unclassified Division Salary Reserve as follows: Town Meeting Journal271 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Fire Division $10,363 Police Division $13,513 Public Works Division $42,830 Framingham Public Library $11,599 Planning Board $3,343 Town Clerk/Elections $4,217 General Government Division $25,906 Parks Division $5,648 Finance Division $33,066 Inspectional Services $19,578 Economic Development Division $10,265 Technology Services Division $15,945 Human Resources Division $11,038 A6 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to approve certain adjustments and transfers within the FY2015 General Fund operating budget to balance the budget and implement year one of the three-year budget model. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 21, 2014 Voted: That the following FY2015 budget adjustments be made: TransferToFrom Group Health Insurance$178,932 Retirement$62,070 Technology Services Division$70,000 Parks Division$31,362 Inspectional Services Division$15,500 TOTAL$178,932$178,932 A7 RTICLE To see if the Town will hear a report by the Town Manager presenting an assessment of the Town's budgetary needs of the Town for Fiscal Year 2016; and whether the Town Meeting will vote to offer its advice to the Town Manager on the amount of the maximum increase in the property tax levy which should be used in preparing the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget for the Town at the 2015 Annual Town Meeting; or act in relation thereto. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager October 22, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting advise the Town Manager that the amount of the maximum increase in the property tax levy to support the Fiscal Year 2016 Budget should not exceed one Town Meeting Journal272 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting and one-quarter percent (1.25%) of the prior fiscal year’s property tax levy plus amounts certified by the Department of Revenue representing increased levy attributable to new growth and development. A7-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 22, 2014 Failed: I move to amend Article 7 to require that the FY16 projected expenses be reduced by $2.1 million and therefore bring about a 0 percent property tax increase for single family homeowners. Furthermore, that the Town Manager orchestrate such request and show at the Annual Town Meeting how said expenses reduction will be accomplished while maintaining high quality town services. Gerald Bloomfield, Precinct 1 A8 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the Framingham Zoning By-law by: (a) re-organizing, re-positioning, re-captioning and re-numbering portions of the Zoning By-law; (b) creating a Table of Uses which reflects the current use provisions of the Zoning By-law; (c) adding definitions to define various uses in the Table of Uses consistent with the provisions of the current Zoning By-law; (d) making revisions to Section I.D of the Zoning By-law (nonconformities) to bring it into conformance with current law and re-organize it; (e) eliminating redundant or unnecessary provisions such as multiple severability and enforcement clauses; (f) making housekeeping amendments such as eliminating numbers in parentheses that are already spelled out; correcting spelling and typographical errors; eliminating or updating outdated statutory or other references; and deleting wording that simply repeats provisions of state law; (g) revising, re-organizing and clarifying the Administrative provisions; and (h) making other amendments for clarification and consistency; as set forth in the proposed amended Framingham Zoning By-law dated August 2014, which shows portions of the Zoning By-law that have been changed or amended in “red-line” format, on file in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk and also posted on the Town of Framingham website; excluding the “comments” which are not part of the proposed Zoning By-law amendments and are solely for informational purposes. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board / Board of Selectmen October 22, 2014 Voted: That the Framingham Zoning By-law be amended by: (a) re-organizing, re-positioning, re-captioning and re-numbering portions of the Zoning By-law; (b) creating a Table of Uses which reflects the current use provisions of the Zoning By-law; (c) adding definitions to define various uses in the Table of Uses consistent with the provisions of the current Zoning By-law; (d) making revisions to Section I.D of the Zoning By-law (nonconformities) to bring it into conformance with current law and re-organize it; (e) eliminating redundant or unnecessary provisions such as multiple severability and enforcement clauses; Town Meeting Journal273 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting (f) making housekeeping amendments such as eliminating numbers in parentheses that are already spelled out; correcting spelling and typographical errors; eliminating or updating outdatedstatutory or other references; and deleting wording that simply repeats provisions of state law; (g) revising, re-organizing and clarifying the Administrative provisions; and (h) making other amendments for clarification and consistency; as set forth in the proposed amended Framingham Zoning By-law dated October 21, 2014 located on the back table of Town Meeting, which shows portions of the Zoning By-law that have been changed or amended in “red-line” format, (new text is underlinedand deleted text isstriken through), on file in the offices of the Planning Board and Town Clerk and also posted on the Town of Framingham website; excluding and deleting the “comments” and yellow highlighting which are not part of the proposed Zoning By-law amendments and are solely for informational purposes. 106 voting in favor, 1 opposed, 4 absentions Approved by the Attorney General on January 26, 2015. A8RA RTICLE ESOLUTION October 22, 2014Passed :Whereas the Framingham Town Meeting has just approved Article 8 on the Warrant for the October 2014 Special Town Meeting; and Whereas Article 8 is titled “Amend Zoning By-law: Phase One –Recodification of the Framingham Zoning By-law”; and Whereas the Framingham Town Meeting contemplates and expects that there will be at least several additional “phases” of amendments to the Framingham Zoning By-law to complete the process of recodifying Framingham’s Zoning By-law; and Whereas there are additional zoning by-law changes that currently are being contemplated to create new opportunities for the Town; Now, be it resolved that it is the request and will of this Town Meeting that the Framingham Board of Selectmen and the Framingham Planning Board, who are the co-sponsors of Article 8, form an ad-hoc committee and charge this ad-hoc committee with the task of creating and overseeing a specific work plan for completing the process of re-codifying Framingham’s Zoning By-law; That this work plan shall take into consideration the Phase 2 and Phase 3 issues that were raised during the process of creating Phase 1 Document; That this work plan shall take into consideration other zoning initiatives that recently have been raised to create new opportunities for the Town, such as, but not limited to, Downtown Transit Oriented Development, Transfer of Development Rights, and Framingham Center zoning changes; That the ad-hoc committee shall seek public comment of this work plan once it has been created but before it is presented to the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board for approval; That the approved work plan be presented as a report by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board to the 2015 Annual Town Meeting; Town Meeting Journal274 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting That the ad-hoc committee continue to oversee the implementation of the work plan while the process of recodifying Framingham’s Zoning By-law continues; That updating the work plan by the ad-hoc committee continue as needed, after getting further public comment and then the approval of the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board; and That the updated workplan be presented as a report by the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board to each Annual Town Meeting after 2015 until the Board of Selectmen and the Planning Board report to the Town Meeting that the process of Framingham’s Zoning By-law recodification is deemed to be completed. Stephen Shull, Precinct 2 Standing Committee on Planning and Zoning Chair A9 RTICLE To see if Town Meeting will vote to amend Section IV.G.3.e. of the Framingham Zoning By-law by replacing the existing words "of the lot" and "twenty percent" with the words "of the entire lot prior to subdivision of the land into individual parcels" and "fifteen percent" and also adding "Contours shall be at 2 foot intervals based on the most recent National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NVGD). Plans shall note the collection source of the contour data. Final slope shall be reviewed and confirmed by the Town Engineer and/or by the Town's professional consultant." as presented in the background information of the Town Meeting Warrant submitted for Fall Special Town Meeting. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Planning Board October 22, 2014 Voted: That Section IV.G.3.e. of the Framingham Zoning Bylaw be amended by deleting the words “are greater than” in the first paragraph and inserting in their place the word “satisfy”; by deleting the words “of the lot” and “less than” in the third paragraph, and inserting in their places the words “satisfy” and “greater than”, respectively; and by adding the following to the endof the section: “For Lots lacking a horizontal distance of 100 feet, the Slope will be calculated as an elevation change across a horizontal distance of 50 feet as measured perpendicular to the contour line. Contours shall be at 2 foot intervals based onthe most recent National Geodetic Vertical Datum (NGVD). Plans shall note the collection source of the contour data. Final slope shall be reviewed and confirmed by the Town Engineer and /or by the Town’s professional consultant.”; as presented in background material information located on the back table of Fall Special Town Meeting. 104 voting in favor, 2 opposed, 1 absention. Approved by the Attorney General on January 26, 2015. A9-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 22, 2014 Passed: Imove that the Town vote to also amend Section IV.G.3.e. (Moderate Slope Requirement, by changing the percentage from 20% to 15% as show below: The term “moderate slope” is defined and measured by the procedure as prescribed herein as all areas of the entire lot prior to subdivision of the land into individual parcelsof lotwith slopes natural and unaltered less Town Meeting Journal275 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting thangreater than or equal to twentyfifteenpercent (2015%) over a horizontal distance of 100 feet, as measured perpendicular to the contour line as prescribed herein. Kathy Vassar, Precinct 1 A10 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-laws of the Town; Article VIII –Business and Commerce Provisions By adding the following: Section 25 – Sale of Water Bottles 25.1 Sale of Drinking Water in Single-Serving PET Bottles It shall be unlawful to sell polyethylene terephthalate (PET) single-serving bottles of 1 liter or less that contain non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in the Town of Framingham on or after January 1, 2015. 25.2 Exemptions for Emergencies A declaration of a water quality or water availability emergency by the Town’s Emergency Management Director or other duly-authorized Town, Commonwealth, or United States official shall be sufficient to temporarily restore thesale of water bottles banned by the Bylaw until five days after such declaration has ended. 25.3 Means of Enforcement The Town Manager or his/her designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of this bylaw. The Town Manager or his/her designee is responsible for creating an inspection process and executing such process. 25.4 Non-Criminal Disposition Any establishment conducting sales in violation of this Bylaw shall be subject to a non-criminal disposition fine as specified by the Regulations for the Enforcement of Town Bylaws under M.G.L. Chapter 40, §21D and the Penalties for Bylaw Violations adopted under Article X of the Town’s General Bylaws. Any such fines shall be paid to the Town of Framingham. 25.5 Fines Any establishment that fails to comply with the provisions of this Section shall be punished with the following fines: First Offense: $50 Second Offense: $100 Third Offense: $200 Subsequent Offenses: $300 Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Andrew D’Amico October 22, 2014 Failed: I move that the Town vote to amend Article VIII –Business and Commerce Provisions of the Bylaws of the Town; as attached. A10-A RTICLE TTACHMENT ARTICLE 10: Amend General Bylaws: Article VIII – Addition of §25: Sale of Water Bottles I move that the Town vote to amend Article VIII – Business and Commerce Provisions of the Bylaws of the Town; as attached: Town Meeting Journal276 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting To see if the Town will vote to amend the By-laws of the Town; Article VIII – Business and Commerce Provisions By adding the following: Section 8 – Sale of Water Bottles 8.1 Sale of Drinking Water in Single-Serving PET Bottles It shall be unlawful to sell polyethylene terephthalate (PET) single-serving bottles of 1 liter or less that contain non-carbonated, unflavored drinking water in the Town of Framingham on or after January 1, 2016. 8.2 Exemptions for Emergencies A declaration of a water quality or water availability emergency by the Town’s Emergency Management Director or other duly-authorized Town, Commonwealth, or United States official shall be sufficient totemporarily restore the sale of water bottles banned by the Bylaw until five days after such declaration has ended. 8.3 Means of Enforcement The Town Manager or his/her designee shall be responsible for the enforcement of this bylaw. The Town Manager or his/her designee is responsible for creating an inspection process and executing such process. 8.4 Non-Criminal Disposition Any establishment conducting sales in violation of this Bylaw shall be subject to a non-criminal disposition fine as specified by the Regulations for the Enforcement of Town Bylaws under M.G.L. Chapter 40, §21D and the Penalties for Bylaw Violations adopted under Article X of the Town’s General Bylaws. Any such fines shall be paid to the Town of Framingham. 8.5 Fines Any establishment that fails to comply with the provisions of this Section shall be punished with the following fines: First Offense: $50 Second Offense: $100 Third Offense: $200 Subsequent Offenses: $300 Sponsor: Citizens’ Petition () Andrew D’Amico A11 RTICLE To see if the Town will amend Article V Section 22 of the General Bylaws, called the Nuisance Bylaw, to better define aspects of a property that may create a nuisance, to remove incorrect references to other Town Bylaws, and to otherwise clarify wording, and grammar and formatting. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 23, 2014Voted: That the General Bylaw be amended by deleting the existing Article V, Section 22. Nuisance Bylaw and adding a new section, Article V, Section 22 as presented in the background materials made available to Town Meeting Members at Town Meeting and as attached. Town Meeting Journal277 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Approved by the Attorney General on January 26, 2015. A11-A RTICLE TTACHMENT The Government Study Committee has been working with the Building Commissioner to update the Nuisance Bylaw. Modifications include clarifying that the Building Commissioner has jurisdiction over the condition of parking lots, which has been unclear and problematic in some areas of Town, deletion of incorrect references to other Town Bylaws, clarification of wording, and grammar and formatting changes. CURRENT BYLAW Article V Section 22. Nuisance Bylaw 22.1 Authority and Purpose Pursuant to the general powers granted to cities and towns by Article 89 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution, and the specific powers granted by M.G.L., Ch. 139, ss. 1-3A, this bylaw is adopted for the prevention of future nuisances and the removal of existing nuisances within the Town, which nuisances constitute a hazard of blight, or adversely affect property values. 22.2 Definitions 22.2.1 Blight Any condition that seriously impairs the value, condition, strength, durability, or appearance of real property, including real property owned or occupied by an Interested Party as defined in Section 22.2.5 below. 22.2.2 Building A structure, whether portable or fixed, with exterior walls or firewalls and a roof, built, erected or framed, of a combination of any materials, to form shelter for persons, animals, or property. See “structure” below. 22.2.3 Dilapidated A condition of decay or partial ruin by reason of neglect, misuse, or deterioration. The term includes, but is not limited to: Property having deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of exterior walls, roofs, foundations or floors, including broken or inadequately secured windows or doors; Property having defective weather protection (such as paint, stain, siding or tarpaulin) for exterior wall covering; deleterious weathering due to lack of such weather protection or other protective covering. Personal property that is broken, rusted, worn, partially or wholly dismantled or otherwise due to deterioration is unsuitable for the purpose for which designed. 22.2.4 Hazard A condition likely to expose persons to injury, or property to damage, loss or destruction. 22.2.5 Interested Parties Town Meeting Journal278 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting In connection with the notification requirements of this bylaw Interested Parties are the Building Commissioner; owner(s) and/or occupants of property which is the subject of a hearing; owners and/or occupants of property directly opposite the subject property on any public or private street or way, owners and/or occupants of property abutting the subject property, and owners and/or occupants of property abutting, and that is within 300 feet of, the property line of the subjected property. Other persons who own or occupy property and who demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Building Commissioner that they are affected by the condition of the property or building that is the subject of a hearing may be regarded as Interested Parties by the Building Commissioner. 22.2.6 Nuisance Any substantial interference with the common interest of the general public in the maintaining decent, safe, and sanitary structures that are not dilapidated, and neighborhoods, when such interference results from the hazardous or blighted condition of private property, land or buildings. The fact that a particular structure or use may be permitted under the zoning bylaw does not create an exemption from the application of this bylaw. The term includes but is not limited to: (a) burned structures not otherwise lawfully habitable or usable, (b) dilapidated real or personal property, (c) dangerous or unsafe structures or personal property, (d) overgrown vegetation which may harbor rats and vermin, conceal pools of stagnant water or other nuisances, or which is otherwise detrimental to neighboring properties or property values, (e) dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous trees, debris or trash, (f) signs as described in Article VII, Section 1.19.2 of the Sign Bylaw, (g) personal property that is exposed to the elements without protection against deterioration, rust or dilapidation, (h) vehicles, machinery or mechanical equipment or parts thereof that are located on soil, grass or other porous surfaces that may result in the destruction of vegetation or contamination of soil, (i) in any Residence District, keeping of more than one commercial vehicle, or of a tractor that exceeds a gross vehicle weight of three-quarters (3/4) of a ton for hauling a van or trailer as defined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles. (j) personal property that has been placed for the collection as rubbish or refuse in violation of Article VI, Section 4.1 of the Town Bylaws other than as approved by the Director of Public Works, or left in public view for more than seven days. 22.2.7 Occupant A person who occupies real property with the consent of the owner as a lessee, tenant at will, licensee or otherwise. The singular use of the term includes the plural when the context so indicates. 22.2.8 Owner Every person who alone or jointly or severally with others (a) has legal title to any building, structure or property to this Bylaw (b) has care, charge, or control of any such building structure or property in any capacity including but not limited to agent, executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix, trustee or Town Meeting Journal279 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting guardian of the estate of the holder of legal title (c) is a lessee under a written letter agreement (d) has a mortgage in possession (e) is a agent, trustee or other person appointed by the courts. 22.2.9 Responsible Party The owner or occupant (in the case of real property) of property that is the subject of proceedings under this bylaw. The singular use of the term includes the plural when the context so indicates. 22.2.10 Structure A combination of materials, whether wholly or partially level with, above or below the surface of the ground, whether permanent or temporary, assembled at a fixed location to give support, shelter or enclosure such as a building, (see above), framework, retaining wall, stand, platform, bin, fence (having a height at any point of six feet or greater above grade), parking area sign, flagpole, or mast for an antenna or the like. 22.3 Administration 22.3.1 Enforcement This Bylaw shall be enforced by the Building Commissioner. If the Building Commissioner shall be informed or have reason to believe that any provision of this Bylaw has been, is being, or is likely to be violated, he shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the facts, including an investigation of the property where the violation may exist. If he finds any violation, he shall give immediate notice in writing to the Owner and to the Occupant of the premises and shall immediately cease. In making such inspection, the Building Commissioner shall have such right of access to premises that may be lawfully exercised by him under the laws and constitution of the Commonwealth or of the United States. If, after such notice and order, such violation continued, or if any Owner of Occupant fails to obey any lawful order of the Building Commissioner with respect to any violation of the provisions of the Bylaw, the Building Commissioner may make complaint to the Superior Court or any court of competent jurisdiction an any injunction or order restraining any further use of the premises and the continuation of the violation and shall take such other action as is necessary to enforce the provisions of this Bylaw. In addition to the foregoing remedy, whoever violates any provision of this Bylaw or fails to obey any lawful order issued by the Building Commissioner in enforcing this Bylaw shall be liable to a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300) for each violation. Each violation of this Bylaw shall constitute a separate offense. Each day that any such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Building Commissioner may require disclosure to him/her of the identity of the person bringing a complaint of nuisance. The Building Commissioner may require that such complaint be made under oath or subject to the penalties of perjury. If the Building Commissioner determines that a reported condition may warrant immediate action, constitute a substantial violation of this Bylaw, or adversely affect protected interests of others than the complainant, the Building Commissioner may commence action under this Bylaw without requiring the disclosure of the identity of the complainant. If the Building Commissioner determines that the condition is subject to the jurisdiction of the Town Meeting Journal280 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Board of Health or is a violation of the State Sanitary Code or any health regulation, in addition to enforcing this Bylaw, he shall refer the matter to the Director of Public Health of the town appropriate state or town officials for action. During his investigation of the matter, the Building Commissioner may consult, but is not required to do so, with any Interested Party in an attempt to obtain voluntary compliance with this Bylaw without the need to issue a notice of violation. 22.3.2 Notice to Complainant In any matter in which a complaint has been made by a person other than the Building Commissioner, the Building Commissioner shall promptly notify the complainant in advance of all conferences or proceedings concerning resolution of the nuisance complaint or of any enforcement action and the complainant shall be allowed to be present and to be heard. 22.3.3 Removal of Nuisance by Selectmen If the Responsible Party fails to remedy the nuisance upon notice from the Building Commissioner to do so, the Board of Selectmen may cause the nuisance to be removed as provided in M.G.L., Ch. 139. 22.3.4 Review by the Town Manager Any Interested Party who has filed a written complaint of a nuisance with the Building Commissioner upon which complaint the Building Commissioner has determined that the condition is not a nuisance, or has taken other action that the Interested Party claims is inadequate shall have a right to a review of the matter by the Town Manager. At the request of such an Interested Party, the Town Manager shall confer with the Building Commissioner and shall recommend appropriate action to the Building Commissioner and to the Board of Selectmen. 22.3.5 Reports by Building Commissioner The Building Commissioner shall file with the Town Manager each month a report that shall include all complaints of nuisance made to him during the prior month; all proceedings begun by him under this Bylaw; all pending complaints and all investigations and enforcement actions taken by him or referred to the Commissioner of Public Health. The report shall state the location of the premises, a summary of the nature of the complaint, the name of the Responsible Party(ies), and the disposition or the status of the matter. PROPOSED BYLAW Article V Section 22. Nuisance Bylaw 22.1 Authority and Purpose Pursuant to the general powers granted to cities and towns by Article 89 of the Amendments to the Massachusetts Constitution, and the specific powers granted by M.G.L., Ch. 139, ss. 1-3A, this bylaw is adopted for the prevention of future nuisances and the removal of existing nuisances within the Town, which nuisances constitute a hazard of blight, or adversely affect property values. 22.2 Definitions 22.2.1 Blight Town Meeting Journal281 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Any condition that seriously impairs the value, condition,strength, durability, or appearance of real or isotherwise detrimental to property values or neighboring properties property, including real property owned or occupied by an Interested Party as defined in Section 22.2.5 below. 22.2.2 Building A structure, whether portable or fixed, with exterior walls or firewalls and a roof, built, erected or framed, of a combination of any materials, to form shelter for persons, animals, or property. See “structure” below. 22.2.3 Dilapidated due to A condition of decay or partial ruin by reason ofneglect, misuse, or deterioration. The term includes, but is not limited to: (a) Property having deteriorated or ineffective waterproofing of exterior walls, roofs, foundations, or floors, including broken or inadequately secured windows or doors; (b) Property having defective weather protection (such as paint, stain, siding or tarpaulin) for exterior wall covering; deleterious weathering due to lack of such weather protection or other protective covering. (c) Personal property that is broken, rusted, worn, partially or wholly dismantled or otherwise due to deterioration is unsuitable for the purpose for which designed. (d)Property having a paved parking lot or a parking area in a deteriorated condition causing hazardous conditions to automobiles, bicycles, or pedestrians. Such conditions may include but are not limited to potholes, broken pavement, and/or insufficient drainage so as to cause flooding. 22.2.4 Hazard A condition likely to expose persons to injury, or property to damage, loss or destruction. 22.2.5 Interested Parties In connection with the notification requirements of this bylaw Interested Parties are the Building Commissioner; owner(s) and/or occupants of property which is the subject of a hearing; owners and/or occupants of property directly opposite the subject property on any public or private street or way, owners abutting and/or occupants of property abutting the subject property, and owners and/or occupants of property abutting, and that is within 300 feet of, the property line of the subjected property. Other persons who own or occupy property and who demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Building Commissioner that they are affected by the condition of the property or building that is the subject of a hearing may be regarded as Interested Parties by the Building Commissioner. 22.2.6 Nuisance Any substantial interference with the common interest of the general public in themaintaining decent, and neighborhoods safe and sanitary structures that are not dilapidated,and neighborhoods,when such interference results from the hazardous or blighted condition of private property, land or buildings. The fact that a particular structure or use may be permitted under the zoning bylaw does not create an exemption from the application of this bylaw. The term includes but is not limited to: (a) burned structures not otherwise lawfully habitable or usable, including but not limited to real or personal property (b) dilapidated real or personal property containing graffiti, tagging or similar offensive markings, including parking lots or parking areas, (c) dilapidated real or personal property (d) dangerous or unsafe structures or personal property, Town Meeting Journal282 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting (e) overgrown vegetation and pools of stagnant water, including but not limited to all above or below which ground swimming pools may harbor rats and vermin, conceal pools of stagnant water or other nuisances, or which is otherwise detrimental to neighboring properties or property values, (f) dead, decayed, diseased or hazardous trees,debris or trash, (g) signs as described in Article VII, Section 1.19.2 of the Sign Bylaw(Delete –this is no longer a correct reference to the sign bylaw and the Building Commissioner enforces signs under the Sign Bylaw not the Nuisance Bylaw.) (g) personal property that is exposed to the elements without protection against deterioration, rust or dilapidation, (h) vehicles, machinery or mechanical equipment or parts thereof that are located on are likely to result soil, grass or other porous surfaces that mayin the destruction of vegetation or contamination of soil, (i) in any Residence District, keeping of more than one commercial vehicle, or of a tractor that exceeds a gross vehicle weight of three-quarters (3/4) of a ton for hauling a van or trailer as defined by the Registry of Motor Vehicles, ) trash , debris or (jpersonal property, including but not limited to personal property marked “free” or “take” that has been placed for the collection as rubbish or refuse in violation of Article VI, Section 4.1 of Town of Framingham policies the Town Bylawsother thanas approved by the Director of Public Works, or left in public view for more than seven days. 22.2.7 Occupant A person who occupies real property with the consent of the owner as a lessee, tenant at will, licensee or otherwise. The singular use of the term includes the plural when the context so indicates. 22.2.8 Owner Every person who alone or jointly or severally with others: (a) has legal title to any building, structure or property to this Bylaw (b) has care, charge, or control of any such building structure or property in any capacity including but not limited to agent, executor, executrix, administrator, administratrix, trustee or guardian of the estate of the holder of legal title (c) is a lessee under a written letter agreement e (d) has a mortgagein possession n (e) is a agent, trustee or other person appointed by the courts. 22.2.9 Responsible Party The owner or occupant (in the case of real property) of property that is the subject of proceedings under this bylaw. The singular use of the term includes the plural when the context so indicates. 22.2.10 Structure A combination of materials, whether wholly or partially level with, above or below the surface of the ground, whether permanent or temporary, assembled at a fixed location to give support, shelter or enclosure such as a building, (see above), framework, retaining wall, stand, platform, bin, fence (having a height at any point of six feet or greater above grade), parking area sign, flagpole, or mast for an antenna or the like. Town Meeting Journal283 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 22.3.1Enforcement This Bylaw shall be enforced by the Building Commissioner. If the Building Commissioner shall be informed or have reason to believe that any provision of this Bylaw has been, is being, or is likely to be violated, he shall make or cause to be made an investigation of the facts, including an investigation of the property where the violation may exist. If he finds any violation he shall give immediate notice in writing to either/orthe Owner and orto the Occupant of the to immediately cease such violation.. premises In making such inspection, the Building Commissioner shall have such right of access to premises that may be lawfully exercised by him under the laws and constitution of the Commonwealth or of the United States. If, after such notice and order, such violation continued, or if any Owner of Occupant fails to obey any lawful order of the Building Commissioner with respect to any violation of the provisions of the Bylaw, the Building Commissioner may make complaint to the Superior Court or any court of competent for jurisdiction an any injunction or order restraining any further use of the premises and the continuation of the violation and shall take such other action as is necessary to enforce the provisions of this Bylaw. In addition to the foregoing remedy, whoever violates any provision of this Bylaw or fails to obey any lawful order issued by the Building Commissioner in enforcing this Bylaw shall be liable to a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300) for each violation. Each violation of this Bylaw shall constitute a separate offense. Each day that any such violation continues shall constitute a separate offense. The Building Commissioner may require disclosure to him/her of the identity of the person bringing a complaint of nuisance. The Building Commissioner may require that such complaint be made under oath or subject to the penalties of perjury. If the Building Commissioner determines that a reported condition may warrant immediate action, constitute a substantial violation of this Bylaw, or adversely affect protected interests of others than the complainant, the Building Commissioner may commence action under this Bylaw without requiring the disclosure of the identity of the complainant. If the Building Commissioner determines that the condition is subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Health or is a violation of the State Sanitary Code or any health regulation, in addition to enforcing this or other Bylaw, he shall refer the matter to the Director of Public Health of the town appropriate state or town officials for action. During his investigation of the matter, the Building Commissioner may consult, but is not required to do so, with any Interested Party in an attempt to obtain voluntary compliance with this Bylaw without the need to issue a notice of violation. 22.3.2 Notice to Complainant In any matter in which a complaint has been made by a person other than the Building Commissioner, the if requested Building Commissioner, ,shall promptly notify the complainant in advance of all conferences or proceedings concerning resolution of the nuisance complaint or of any enforcement action and the complainant shall be allowed to be present and to be heard. 22.3.3 Removal of Nuisance by Selectmen If the Responsible Party fails to remedy the nuisance upon notice from the Building Commissioner to do so, the Board of Selectmen may cause the nuisance to be removed as provided in M.G.L., Ch. 139. 22.3.4 Review by the Town Manager Any Interested Party who has filed a written complaint of a nuisance with the Building Commissioner upon which complaint the Building Commissioner has determined that the condition is not a nuisance, or has taken other action that the Interested Party claims is inadequate shall have a right to a review of the matter by the Town Manager. At the request of such an Interested Party, the Town Manager shall confer with the Building Commissioner and shall recommend appropriate action to the Building Commissioner and to the Board of Selectmen. Town Meeting Journal284 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 22.3.5 Reports by Building Commissioner The Building Commissioner shall file with the Town Manager each month a report that shall include all complaints of nuisance made to him during the prior month; all proceedings begun by him under this Bylaw; all pendingcomplaints and all investigations and enforcement actions taken by him or referred to the Commissioner of Public Health. The report shall state the location of the premises, a summary of the nature of the complaint, the name of the Responsible Party(ies),and the disposition or the status of the matter. A11-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 23, 2014 Passed: I move that Article 11 be amended as follows: 1.By changing the motion to read “I move that the Town vote to amend the General Bylaws Article V Section 22 as presented in the background materials made available to Town Meeting Members at Town Meeting and as attached”. 2.By removing the word “offensive” from the text added to Section 22.2.6(b) 3.By removing the parenthetical comment (Delete – this is no longer a correct reference to the sign bylaw and the Building Commissioner enforces signs under the Sign Bylaw not the Nuisance Bylaw.)” from the deleted section 22.2.6(g) R. Karl Rookey, Precinct 14 A12 RTICLE To see if the Town will amendArticle V to simplify police enforcement of motor scooter safety by removing Section 23 of the Framingham General Bylaws, called “Motor Scooters Prohibited”, and removing the related fees listed in Article X, thus leaving regulation of these vehicles to MGL Chapter 90 §1B-E. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Government Study Committee October 23, 2014 Voted: That Article V of the General Bylaws be changed by deleting Section 23, called “Motor Scooters Prohibited”, in its entirety and deleting the related fees in Article X. Approved by the Attorney General on January 26, 2015. A12-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 23, 2014 Failed: Refer back to Sponsor. Kathleen McCarthy, Precinct 10 A13 RTICLE To see if the Town will amend the Town Bylaws Article I Section 5.10 and 5.11 by combining these two sections, creating subsections, making minor edits, and defining procedures for Executive Session Minutes in Section 5.11. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Town Meeting Journal285 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules October 23, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to Sponsor. A13-A RTICLE TTACHMENT ARTICLE 13MOTION I move that the Town amend the Town Bylaws Article I Section 5.10 and 5.11 by combining these sections into Section 5.10, defining subsections of Section 5.10, with words shown below as strikeout being deleted and words shown below in and added. bold underlined 5.10Each board, committee, or commission shall provide for keeping of minutes of its meetings. Committees that are required to provide minutes shall include Town Meeting Standing Committees. Each board, committee, or commission These committeesshall provide minutes to the Town Clerk in a timely manner according to the Open Meeting Law (MGL, c. 30A, sec. 18-25) practices of All members present and all members absent shall be listed in minutes. posting meeting minutes. A 5.10.1ll votes taken shall be reported in the minutes. For The minutes shall be a public record and boards elected by town wide election, the minutes shall include the name and vote of each member voting. 5.10.2public meeting shall be prepared by the clerk or his or her designee of The minutes of each the respective board, commission or committee, and sent to the Town Clerk within 45 days of the meeting. The minutes shall indicate whether they have of have not been approved by the board, committee or commission when submitted to the Town Clerk. If a meeting is cancelled, or if no quorum is present at a scheduled meeting, the Town Clerk shall be notified. 5.10.3for a public meeting The Town Clerk shall log the receipt of theminutes and send them to the Framingham Public Library in hard copy form, where they shall be kept for a period of (7) (7)seven years. If minutes are provided to the Town Clerk in electronic form and they have been prepared according to the standards defined by the Town webmaster, they shall be posted on the town web site in addition to being sent to the library. 5.10.4Each committee, board or commission shall deliver to the Town Clerk the minutes of each public meeting. The Town Clerk shall note the receipt of these minutes and deliver them to the Framingham Public Library for storage and public view. If after 45 days from the date of a posted meeting of a committee, board or commission, the Town Clerk has not received a publi copy of the minutes of a postedc meeting, then the Town Clerk shall notify the chairperson of the committee, board or commission that the minutes have not been received. And I further move that the following be added as Section 5.11: 5.11Each board, committee, or commission may adjourn a public meeting and go into an executive session according to the Open Meeting Law (MGL, c. 30A, sec. 18-25) practices and shall provide for keeping of minutes of executive sessions. 5.12 5.12.1Minutes of an executive session may be withheld from the public record until they are released by a vote of the board, commission or committee. 5.12.2Each board, commission or committee shall maintain a log of their executive session minutes indicating the date of the executive session meeting, the date the minutes of the meeting have been approved, and whether the minutes are released as a public record. Town Meeting Journal286 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting 5.11.1Annually at the first meeting of a board, commission or committee held after the election of officers, the chair shall request that the board, commission or committee vote to release previous minutes of executive sessions as a public record or to retain minutes of previous executive sessions as non-public records. 5.11.2Executive session minutes of a board, commission or committee, appropriately marked, shall be stored at the office of the board, commission or committee, if available, or shall be sent to the Town Clerk who shall store these minutes separate from minutes of public sessions. Forexecutive session minutes that have not yet been released, the Town Clerk may only release a copy to the chair of the board, commission or committee and shall do so when requested. 5.11.3Executive session minutes that involve the Town Counsel shall be reviewedby the Town Counsel before being released. Release of executive session minutes that involve meetings with Town Counsel must be approved by the Board of Selectmen to waive the attorney-client privilege for specific communications per Selectmen policy. A13-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 23, 2014 Not voted on due to refer back: I move that the Town amend the Town bylaws Article 1 Section 5.10 and 5.11 by combining these sections into Section 5.10 and defining a new section 5.11 as shownin the warrant book for the 2014 Fall Special Town Meeting and attached. Joel Winett, Precinct 7 Standing Committee on Rules Chair ____________________________________________________________________________ October 23, 2014 Not voted on due to refer back: I move that only executive committee minutes where there is a clear attorney client privilege involved be allowed to maintained as confidential. The Town Counsel must certify in writing the existence of such attorney client privilege in each such case. Richard P. Goodkin, Precinct 11 A14 RTICLE To see if the Town will amend the Town Bylaws Article II, Section 9 by editing the text regarding the role of the Moderator and amend the Town Bylaws Article III Section 1.8 regarding Warrant Background Material. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules October 23, 2014 Voted: That the bylaws of the Town be modified as described in the warrant book for the 2014 Fall Special Town Meeting with additional changes in Section 9.2 to add the words “as it may be revised” after the words Massachusetts Moderators Association, and the word, “Special Acts,” after the words “Massachusetts General Laws” and as shown in the attached. Approved by the Attorney General on January 26, 2015. A14-A RTICLE TTACHMENT Town Meeting Journal287 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting Article 14: Amend General Bylaws, Article II, §9 (Role of Moderator) and Article III Section 1.8 (Warrant Background Material) I move that the bylaws of the Town be modified as described in the warrant book for the 2014 Fall Special as it may be revised Town Meeting with additional changes in Section 9.2 to add the words “” after the Special Acts, words Massachusetts Moderators Association, and the word, “” after the words “Massachusetts General Laws” and as shown in the attached. Section 9.Moderator 9.1 The Moderator shall preside over all sessions of Town Meeting. the bookprinted by the 9.2 The Moderator shall be guided by Town Meeting Time Massachusetts Moderators Associationrevised o as it may-be-modifiedr by vote of Town Meeting upon recommendations by the Standing Committee on Rules, insofar as such proceduresSpecial Acts, modificationsare consistent with Massachusetts General Laws, and the bylaws of the Town. Town Meetingstated 9.3 The Moderator shall appoint all committees of the Townunless otherwise in the bylaws or the Town Meeting otherwise directs. 9.4 TModerator he may direct that only voters be admitted to the Town Meeting Room or to a definite portion thereof. And I further move that Article III Section 1.8.1 be amended by replacing theword ‘may’ with the word shall ‘’ in the first sentence. The revised sections would be as follows: Article II Section 9 Moderator 9.1 The Moderator shall preside over all sessions of Town Meeting. the bookprinted by the Massachusetts 9.2 The Moderator shall be guided by Town Meeting Time Moderators Association revised as it may-be-, or by vote of Town Meeting upon recommendations procedures by the Standing Committee on Rules, insofar as such are consistent with Massachusetts Special Acts, General Laws, and the bylaws of the Town. Town Meetingunless stated otherwise in the 9.3 The Moderator shall appoint all committees bylaws, or the Town Meeting otherwise directs. The Moderator 9.4may direct that only voters be admitted to the Town Meeting Roomor to a definite portion thereof. Article III Section 1.8.1 Any committee, board or officer of the Town of Framingham or any sponsor of a warrant article may submit background material to the Board of Selectmen at the time and in the manner specified by the Board of Selectmen for inclusion in the Warrant and Background Material. Sponsor: Standing Committee on Rules A15 RTICLE Town Meeting Journal288 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting To see if the Town will vote to appropriate and authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen to appropriate from the Town of Framingham Conservation Fund the sum of $675,000 for the purpose of purchasing for conservation and passive recreation purposes, by eminent domain or negotiated purchase or otherwise, a certain property together with buildings thereon, known asthe SNOW PROPERTY consisting of 12.5 acres, more or less, as shown on a plan entitled "95 Wayside Inn Road - Boundary Map Town of Framingham"; dated June 2014, that said land be conveyed to the Town of Framingham under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8c, and as it may hereafter be amended and other Massachusetts statutes relating to Conservation, to be managed and controlled by the Conservation Commission of the Town, and the Conservation Commission be authorized to file on behalf of the Town any and all applications deemed necessary for grants and /or reimbursements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deemed necessary under Chapter 132A, Section 11 and/or any others in any way connected with the scope of this Article, and the Town and the Conservation Commission be authorized to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to affect said purchase. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Board of Selectmen October 23, 2014Voted: That the Town appropriate and authorize the Treasurer with the approval of the Selectmen to appropriate from the Town of Framingham Open Space Stabilization Fund up to $337,500 for the purpose of purchasing for conservation and passive recreation purposes, by eminent domain or negotiated purchase or otherwise, a certain property together with buildings thereon, known as the SNOW PROPERTY consisting of 12.5 acres, more or less, as shown on a plan entitled "95 Wayside Inn Road - Boundary Map Town of Framingham"; dated June 2014, that said land be conveyed to the Town of Framingham under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 40, Section 8c, and as it may hereafter be amended and other Massachusettsstatutes relating to Conservation, to be managed and controlled by the Conservation Commission of the Town, and the Conservation Commission be authorized to file on behalf of the Town any and all applications deemed necessary for grants and /or reimbursements from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts deemed necessary under Chapter 132A, Section 11 and/or any others in any way connected with the scope of this Article, and the Town and the Conservation Commission be authorized to enter into all agreements and execute any and all instruments as may be necessary on behalf of the Town to affect said purchase, provided further, that the authorizations included in this article be conditional upon the receipt of a Massachusetts LAND grant from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for a minimum of fifty percent of the purchase price of $337,500. A15-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 23, 2014 Failed: I move to refer this article back to Sponsor. Harold Geller, Precinct 2 Standing Committee on Ways and Means Chair _______________________________________________________________________________ October 23, 2014 Failed: I move that Town Meeting vote the raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or otherwise provide $675,000 for the purpose of purchasing for conservation and passive recreation purposes, by eminent domain or negotiated purchase or otherwise, a certain property together with buildings thereon, known as the Snow Property consisting of 12.5 acres, more or less, as shown on a plan entitled “95 Wayside Inn Road – Boundry Map Town of Framingham” dated June 2014, that said land to be conveyed to Town Meeting Journal289 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting the Town of Framingham under the provisions of Massachusetts General Laws, …[in the book] provided that $337,500 be appropriated from the open space stabilization fund, provided further, that the authorizations included in the article….[in the book] Kathleen McCarthy, Precinct 10 A16 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to authorize the Board of Selectmen to negotiate, enter into and execute and approve an agreement for payment in lieu of taxes agreement (PILOT Agreement) as authorized by MGL Chapter 59, section 38H with MA Solar Highway LLC, with respect to annual payments in lieu of real and personal property taxes for a term up to twenty years relative to solar electric generating facilities to be installed and located on land owned by Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) and located at Massachusetts Turnpike Exit 13 (North and South cloverleaf) and Framingham Service Plaza. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Town Manager October 23, 2014 Voted: That this article be referred back to sponsor with concurrence of the sponsor. A17 RTICLE To see if the Town will vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow the sum of $180,000.00 for the Mary Dennison Park Emergency Environmental Testing & Remediation Project. Pass any vote or take any action relative thereto. Sponsor: Chief Financial Officer October 23, 2014 Voted: That Town Meeting vote this motion as written in the warrant booklet. 90 voting in favor, 1 opposed, 0 abstentions. A17-AM/A RTICLE DDITIONAL OTIONSMENDMENTS October 23, 2014 Failed: I move to amend the original motion as published in the Fall Special Town Meeting Warrant and shown below by editing and formatting existing portions of the motion as follows with words shown below as strikeout being deleted and words shown below in bold and underlined added. I move that Town Meeting vote to raise and appropriate, transfer from available funds or borrow the sum of $180,000.00 for the Mary Dennison Park Emergency Environmental Testing & Remediation project, to be spent under the direction of the Town Manager or his designee for the purpose of the design and construction of testing and remediation, including and related engineering, and personnel but not for and legal services; And, further, to authorize the Board of Selectmen to acquire by gift, purchase or eminent domain, permanent easements and temporary construction easements or other interest in land for said projects, and further to authorize the Board of Selectmen to take all actions necessary to carry out the purposes of this article. Town Meeting Journal290 Town of Framingham2014 Annual Town Meeting And, further, the Treasurer be authorized, with the approval of the Board of Selectmen, to issue from time to time bonds or notes in the amount of $180,000.00 pursuant to the provisions of the M.G.L., Chapter 44, Section 7 and 8 or any other enabling authority. William LaBarge, Precinct 1 Town Meeting Journal291